10-year-old Eliza (name changed) was usually afraid when her father came home drunk. But this night was different; she felt more confident and strong in the face of danger. When she saw him violently stagger through the door dangerously towards her mother, Eliza came up behind him and caught him in a chokehold long enough for her mother to call the police for help. Eliza and her mother are now safe and are no longer living with him.
Eliza had recently attended a jiu-jitsu class at the Hero Academy in Central America. The Hero Academy recently opened up a martial arts school and many of the first students were young women who had been abused or trafficked. They attended so they could learn how to best protect their children and themselves. Because of the high demand, the Hero Academy decided to put together a training for the community about human trafficking, how to recognize it, and what local resources there were. They invited O.U.R. out to participate in the training, and we were excited to attend!
On day one, our team talked with the parents about what signs of trafficking to look for and what resources were available in their area. On day two, we did a jiu-jitsu class with the kids and adults so they could learn how to defend themselves against violence. We are so grateful for these parents who are proactively fighting against human trafficking and giving their kids tools to protect themselves in the face of danger.
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