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Survivor Stories from Hagar
If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of human trafficking rescue stories. In the face of oppression and despair, tales of hope are a fix I just can’t satisfy. Though stories often run together, I want more. More freedom. More rescue. More unthinkable courage and healing.
Hien* came to Hagar broken and neglected. Years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse from her family made her feel useless, unwanted, and lost. She always wanted to learn and make her family proud, but trauma and torment from her parents made succeeding seem impossible.
Hien has been with Hagar for 2 years, and has been an exceptional case. Personal development, intensive counseling, and the love and commitment of Hagar staff have helped her to face her past. Now she is thriving as an employee of JOMA Bakery. But that’s not the only reason her case is successful.
Hien loves to learn and educate others, and has always wanted to return to university to complete her degree. Hagar staff recognized this, and recently gave her an opportunity to become a teaching assistant for Hagar’s ESL program. Hien jumped at the opportunity, and has been thriving while working to improve her English as well as teach her peers. Hagar staff say, “Her confidence has increased so much. She is so happy now that it shows in everything that she does.”
Hagar staff members continue to work with Hien developing her long-term career and personal goals, but they know that this small opportunity has made a huge impact.
For so many women recovering from trauma, it’s a small opportunity – a new friendship – a kind word – that brings hope back into their lives.
All the small things help them feel whole again.