BY:Art Campomanes Staff Writer for World Liberty TV
LifeWay Network, the anti-human trafficking organization based in Queens, NY, celebrated their tenth anniversary at their 2017 Event Towards New Life tonight. With over 200 guests in attendance, whose numbers included numerous members of the Coalition of Religious Congregations to Stop Trafficking of Persons and other long-time supporters, the reception was able to exceed a matching donation goal of $80,000 set by a group of anonymous donors.
Held in Wallace Hall at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue, this year’s Event Towards New Life honored Taina Bien-Aimé, the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, with the Freedom Award, an award given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in the fight against human trafficking.
LifeWay Network also presented a special accolade for their tenth anniversary: the Enduring Partners Award was given to the Coalition of Religious Congregations to Stop Trafficking of Persons in recognition of their decade-long support of LifeWay Network.
Since being founded in 2007, Lifeway Network has opened four safe houses, conducted hundreds of educational presentations reaching almost 12,000 people and has enabled nearly 70 women to transition into independent lives. In her remarks,
LifeWay Network Executive Director and Founder Sr. Joan Dawber thanked the attendees for their support and stated, “Confronting human trafficking requires many people coming together in a true spirit of collaboration. It required a coalition of people to get LifeWay Network from just one person with a dream, to the LifeWay mission, and to where we stand today…I am so grateful to be able to look back on a decade of LifeWay Network and see how our community has grown in both scope and love.”
ABOUT LIFEWAY NETWORK: LifeWay Network envisions a world in which human trafficking is abolished and every survivor is strong, connected and free. LifeWay Network joins the global movement against human trafficking by providing safe housing for women who have been trafficked and offering education about trafficking to the general public. LifeWay Network’s efforts to fulfill this mission focus on our Safe Housing Program and Education Program.
LifeWay Network is one of only two organizations in the New York Metro area providing safe housing specifically for women survivors of human trafficking. What sets LifeWay’s Safe Housing Program apart is its community living model. It goes beyond offering shelter by welcoming each woman into a supportive, caring environment that helps them recover from their trauma, regain their sense of self-worth, and enables them to move from isolation towards reclaiming their independence.