Hagar Responds to Thai Fishing Boat Crisis
“They killed members of my team…”
Message from our CEO, Ray Casey
June 1, 2015
You may have become aware of the recent rescue of 550 young men and boys from the small Indonesian island of Benjina.
The men had been trafficked, kidnapped, and sold to work long days on Thai fishing boats as slaves, some for over 10 years. Many were kept in cages, raped and tortured with stingray barbs or tasers. Their stories are horrific.
The men are now returning home to Cambodia to a life of uncertainty, debt and economic insecurity. Without adequate support, they will struggle to provide for their families and are vulnerable to re-trafficking and further exploitation.
Hagar has been asked by IOM (International Organization for Migration) to take some of these men into our programs and offer our specialist recovery services, but we need your help. This is outside of our traditional work with women and children, however Hagar is committed to working with the most extreme cases of abuse. We do not want to turn these men away.
I am writing to personally ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to Hagar today to support survivors like these men, who have endured unimaginable abuse and exploitation. Your donation will provide urgently needed counseling, safe accommodation, career guidance, on-the-job training and sustainable employment.
Hagar has achieved so much in 2014–15 including work with over 1207 survivors of trafficking, domestic violence and severe abuse. The quality and longevity of our work is only possible because of our partnerships with people like you who understand the importance of our recovery work that changes lives and breaks the cycle of exploitation.
I am personally asking you to consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Your support allows us to continue our work to restore survivors’ human rights, dignity and hope for the future. I thank you for your partnership with Hagar.
CEO Hagar USA
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Note: Any additional funds in excess of this program’s need will be used to support other Hagar survivors of human rights abuse.