The Safe Haven

Jill Langhus
Posted January 4, 2018 from Spain
The Safe Haven Website
The Safe Haven Website

My background/inspiration:

I have always been a compassionate, feminist (who believes in equal rights for everyone). I firmly believe that I chose this life, the people and events in them, for a reason. My own personal history of childhood abuse (sexual, mental, and physical) has enabled me to be extremely compassionate toward others who have suffered or who are suffering. It has also made me determined to make a difference in this world; in this lifetime, and beyond, creating a ripple effect of joy, peace, compassion, and love. If I can positively influence as many girls and women as possible in this lifetime, I will have considered my life a success, full of fulfillment and joy; knowing that I have impacted so many as I possibly could.

I believe it’s my legacy to create a safe haven for girls and women, worldwide, where kindness, love, compassion, joy, empowerment and encouragement to live their life on purpose, embracing their own unique gifts and passions is the priority. Just as I set a good example for others through my honesty, authenticity, kindness, compassion, loyalty, creativity and passion; I cultivate this in others so they can be their best selves. In doing so, I am the change that I want to see in the world.

My vision/mission:

I am looking for strong collaborators/investors/mentors/facilitators, strategists/visionaries/people on a similar mission for my vision to create a NGO and safe haven for girls and women. The organization would be a cross between TOMS (the charitable shoe e-commerce site) and Amnesty.org (more humanitarian focused versus product based), about anti-sex trafficking/slavery.

It would be one, large network so anyone and everyone will know exactly who to contact for help, reports, training, prevention, education, victim emotional and financial support, as well as the ability to buy products (most proceeds go to victims who have jobs in the organization's global workshops and each shoe or product would have a back story to one of the girls/women in the textile workshop), so that this global challenge starts to become a problem of the past.

Prevention (awareness and training) is the primary key here, and then closely followed by resources, such as an international hotline (or at least by country until it becomes an international hotline). Organizations such as Cast already have a hotline, but it’s only for the U.S. (http://www.castla.org/human-trafficking). The EU has international hotlines for several countries, but the information is hard to find. With global data now available for human trafficking (https://www.ctdatacollaborative.org/), we can narrow down where to focus first, and how to best strategically address those specific areas. “It facilitates an unparalleled capacity for cross-border, inter-agency data analysis to provide the counter-trafficking movement with greatly improved evidence for policy and programming. Equipped with up to date data and analytics, decision makers will be empowered to design and implemented more targeted and effective intervention strategies to combat this crime.1”

I have found some initiatives that are addressing training, such as Shared Hope International (https://sharedhope.org/what-we-do/prevent/) and Stop the Traffik has created a great app, called The Stop App (https://www.stopthetraffik.org/intelligence-led-prevention/the-stop-app/) that sends information directly to the Centre for Intelligence-Led Prevention (CfILP) where it’s analyzed alongside global data on human trafficking and modern slavery, but there needs to be a real global push for people to recognize the signs of trafficking right away and to know exactly who/where to contact for their region, otherwise, it simply isn’t enough.

For the e-commerce side of the website, the target audience would be female consumers as well as heart-based consumers/advocates for the cause. The proceeds help create necessary jobs for the women that have been trafficked already, as well as provide them with other necessities, such as a place to live, food, and healthcare (including mental), so that they are able to reintegrate back into society and regain their dignity and freedom. There are already workshops such as Ampramp (https://apramp.org/job-training/?lang=en) and AFESIP (http://www.afesip.org/programs/education-training) already in place, but there should be even more, everywhere, to help these girls and women reintegrate back into society more fully and quickly, until this problem is eradicated. The remainder of the proceeds would go to training, reports, and administration.

While there are several organizations and initiatives already in place to stop human trafficking and/or to help victims, this problem is growing exponentially and doesn’t seem to get nearly enough attention. According to According to "The Global Coalition To End Human Trafficking Now," there are currently 10 Million child prostitutes worldwide.”2I believe that if all the existing anti-sex trafficking organizations in the world collaborated together, to work as one, to create this amazing hub, it would not only make the current solutions available that much more effective and powerful that are already in place, but also create a formidable powerhouse that would to end this heinous crime.

Come join me to create my vision of peace for 2018 and beyond:

Please let me know if you have something to contribute, know of someone that could help create this vision, or if you would like to help make this vision become a reality. Together we can help create a safe haven for girls and women where they are safe and empowered. Please send me a private message, if you can help.

1The Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) is the first global data hub on human trafficking, with data contributed by counter-trafficking organizations around the world. https://www.ctdatacollaborative.org/

2 The Global Coalition To End Human Trafficking Now, http://enough.org/stats-sex-trafficking

This story was submitted in response to Ushering in Peace in 2018.

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Olutosin
Jan 04, 2018
Jan 04, 2018

This will be a great initiative and it will succeed. My elder sister always tell me that if the mind can conceive it, the hands can touch it. Go for it, run with it. It will materialise.

I wish you success in 2018 and beyond.

Jill Langhus
Jan 05, 2018
Jan 05, 2018

Aw, thanks so much Olutosin:) I appreciate your kindness and encouragement very much. I feel like my idea is getting more honed now, and I just need the collaborators to make it happen! I wish you success for 2018 and beyond as well... namaste:)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jan 05, 2018
Jan 05, 2018

How courageous you are, dear sister, to  turn your own story of abuse into a Safe Haven for the rest of the women who suffered the same. 

Kudos! May God bless your endeavors with success one after the other!

Jill Langhus
Jan 05, 2018
Jan 05, 2018

Thanks for the compliment, encouragement and support. I appreciate it:-)

Musenge Musomali
Jan 06, 2018
Jan 06, 2018

Wow Jill this is amazing. I am really sure without a doubt that you will make a huge difference in the lives many sexually exploited women. Its a great project, i know that here in Africa its a big challenge. Women are lured into sex trafficking networks under false pretences and this is a good initiative that needs supporting and i know that many many womens lives will be transformed. Together we can. All the best hun. 

Jill Langhus
Jan 06, 2018
Jan 06, 2018

Thanks, Musenge for your feedback, support and encouragement:-) Have a great day!

Musenge Musomali
Jan 06, 2018
Jan 06, 2018

You are welcome Jill. Have a great evening

Hina Bhagat
Jan 06, 2018
Jan 06, 2018

wow jill..!

That's really amazing, whatever you are doing for the girls and women that's remarkable love.

I am also willing to do that I am just waiting to complete my studies. But I am always with you, we will work together for formation of few heaven for the Girls and women. You will be successful in 2018 I believe, because you are doing amazing. Keep going I am with you we will both help girls, I know we are so far from each other but  I will convey your idea and message towards those girls and women who are waiting for the light. We all will make our 2018 with full of giving!  

I think we have done everything for us but now it's time to getup for others to gave them new life and I think that is our lost happiness, that will be find by helping others.

Thanks for sharing it with us. You are Superwomen. carry on

Jill Langhus
Jan 06, 2018
Jan 06, 2018

Thanks, Hina:) I appreciate it. I'm sure you will do amazing things, too! Love the quote. Your are a wise, young women:-)

Hina Bhagat
Jan 06, 2018
Jan 06, 2018

Always with you!

Jill Langhus
Jan 06, 2018
Jan 06, 2018

Thanks, hon:)

gashe tamiru
Jan 09, 2018
Jan 09, 2018

Dear Jill, a Deep Honor to World Pulsing Net Know You!!

I really Appreciate Your Vision and Mission in Life.

I am what you call the Jack of All Trade, No Education may be 2-3 Years College but been on Fair Trade Missions, The Peace and Green Movement Seeking GOD, Myself and the Purpose of My Living ALL IN ME, Now Living in Ethiopia away from my Other Home, America where I been a Volunteering Advisory to Social and Green Organizations trying to empower them, specially those who work with Mental Illness, Cancer and Homelessness and a Firm Believer of Listening to Children and Empowering Women Now working on Building a Peace and Green Breathing Villages in Partnership with the Villagers where they have their Land and we have Our Vision, Mission and Collective Wisdom and Knowledge for a Better Tomorrow.

I was introduced to WorldPulse.com Bigger Family by Mulliti(Lily), the Most Amazing Human Being I have Ever Known in My Life!

Breathing, Praising God and Appreciating what You Do and Ready to Support Your Mission in anyway I can and able:-) 

Jill Langhus
Jan 09, 2018
Jan 09, 2018

Hi Gashe. Well, thank you. It's an honor to meet you as well:-) I love your knowledge and background. Lily is a gem, for sure:-) I have sent you a reply message. Looking forward to further connecting and brainstorming.

Rakhshinda Shakir
Jan 11, 2018
Jan 11, 2018

Oh my gosh! We share similar aims similar purpose and might be similar reasons for doing things the way we do! I am up for it and lets start making a tiny branch in Pakistan where I would be working on women issues very soon. Could we do this NGO in partnership and I be working in Pakistan on similar cases that you have mentioned esp. child abuse and child rape is on fire these days and that is tormenting my soul. 

Let me know how to proceed.

Love,

Jill Langhus
Jan 12, 2018
Jan 12, 2018

Sounds great to me. Maybe you can team up with Sister Zeph and start an anti-sex trafficking branch/area. I think you could learn a lot from her. Yes, we can! Send me a PM and we can brainstorm. With your drive and my passion and compassion, we can do great things:-)

Ngwa Damaris
Jan 12, 2018
Jan 12, 2018

I am very interested in your vision and will like to be part of it.I am also working on creating something similar to a safe heaven in my community but in addition I will encourage plant based diet and lifestyle.I will really love to have insights and support from you and others.:)

Jill Langhus
Jan 12, 2018
Jan 12, 2018

Hi there Damaris:) How are you? Awesome. Can't wait to collaborate. I'm a vegetarian as well, so I'm sure we could have a conversation about that as well. I will PM you...

Naomi Hattaway
Jan 22, 2018
Jan 22, 2018

This is so encouraging to read your vision and mission and big dream! Have you read the book The Power of Onlyness by Nilofer Merchant? It talks about how we each have a dent to make in the world, that only WE can. I think you've found your dent!

Jill Langhus
Jan 24, 2018
Jan 24, 2018

Hi Naomi. Thank you for your feedback. I haven't heard of that book... I hope so. A lot of times I wonder since I think I'm getting somewhere and then stand still, which is where I feel like I'm at again at the moment. With the right resources/connections, though, I will be well away:-)

Mojisola Adewumi
Jan 27, 2018
Jan 27, 2018

Hi Jlanghus

Really inspired with your great vision and  extraordinary passion .

Am willing to be part of this change, count me in.

Regards

Adewumi Mojisola

21st century entrepreneur initiatives Nigeria

Jill Langhus
Aug 05, 2018
Aug 05, 2018

<p>Thanks, Adewumi, for your encouraging feedback and support:-) Please message me if you feel you can help make my vision a reality...</p>

Ndimofor Aretas
Apr 20, 2018
Apr 20, 2018

Hi Jill,
Thank you sharing especially your background and inspiration.

It takes lot of courage to do that and it is only in a community like this that you can freely share that and not have any judgemental fingers pointing at you.

Sharing your vision requires even more courage because many people just prefer to aim low and tip-toe through life!
Worse of all is that they try to belittle the ambitions of great minds.

You are truly a visionary.

I visited the AMPRAMP site and I totally agree with you that more needs to be done. There needs to be that global push.
Nieto has been at it for over 3 decades and I am very certain that there are more people like her out there.

Even back here in my community... there are cases of trafficking both locally and internationally and some of the victims don't even realize it until it is too late.

What can I do to help?

Jill Langhus
Apr 21, 2018
Apr 21, 2018

Hi Ndimofor. You're welcome. Thanks for reading my vision.

It's very true what you are saying about sharing my passion. I believe we are all here for at least one purpose and it is our mission to fulfill that purpose. I'm a multi-passionate person:-)

What is Nieto?

Since my vision is quite large, I think the best way you could help out is probably locally. There are several women on WP that could use more help, support, and advocacy. Francisca is from Cameroon and has a NGO to help combat sex trafficking. She was tricked into slavery, like what you are saying. This is her profile, if you would like to help her NGO: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/awahfrank

Fanwi also has an NGO: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/seraphine

Thanks again, and have a great day!

Elizabeth Kerubo
May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018

Great idea indeed Jlanghus.

I look forward to see where the future takes you and i know its promising given the fact that many girls and women are trafficked and its no longer safe in many countries. Creating awareness and providing a place and avenues where they can get help is indeed going to be a safe heaven. We experience the same problem of human trafficking here in Kenya and we need such concepts of creating a safe heaven for girls and women. I look forward to working with you when i am in a position to.

All the best.

Jill Langhus
May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018

Thank you! Me, too...:-) Sounds great. Keep me posted:)

winfrida
Jul 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018

I appreciate what your doing, keep on my elder sister

Jill Langhus
Jul 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018

Thank you, Winfrida:) I appreciate it!

Tarke Edith
Jul 24, 2018
Jul 24, 2018

Hi Jill this is a great initiative ,l am move to support this idea sister because l don,t want to see women and girls wasting their time doing Noting thanks

Jill Langhus
Jul 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018

Thanks, Edith:-)

Tarke Edith
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Hi JILL
l really want to support this idea of yours,
but how do l get involve

Jill Langhus
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Hi Edith,

Well, hang tight, for the moment. I really need a collaborator to get this idea off the ground, or at least be going in the right direction, and then I'll circle back and see if any of my sisters can or want to help:) Thanks so much for your sincere support. You're awesome!

sarah_2
Aug 05, 2018
Aug 05, 2018

Is a nice idea Jill....
It's so sad you went through all this.
I can't wait to see it happen dear.
More grace

Jill Langhus
Aug 06, 2018
Aug 06, 2018

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for your support and encouragement:-)

Harris Namutebi
Aug 11, 2018
Aug 11, 2018

Hi Jill,
Iam interested,I think I could have some contributions to make.

Harris

Jill Langhus
Aug 12, 2018
Aug 12, 2018

Hi Harris,

Awesome. I will definitely keep you in mind in the future. I'm trying to start a project now, but it depends on if we win the award and will be able to get the project started. If that is the case, then eventually we would be able to expand to other areas of Africa, and the world.

Tola Makinde
Feb 04
Feb 04

You are a woman of strong faith, resilience and strength who is looking at the positive side of life. Thank you for all you do. Your creativity is astounding. Keep on dreaming and all the best for 2019

Jill Langhus
Feb 07
Feb 07

Aw. Thank you!!! I appreciate your kind and appreciative comments.

You're very welcome, dear.

Thanks so much:-)

Will do!!! You, too!

Aurora-Transformation

Hello,
I just read this, I totally advocate on anti-sex trafficking, does it mean also it is against prostitution industry?

and where would your organization operate? in Spain?

Jill Langhus
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hi there,

Great to hear!!! Yes, it would be.

It doesn't exist yet, but yes I live in Spain. I'm currently awaiting funding. The first planned location will be in Cameroon, and possibly the second in Spain, if my vision becomes a reality:-)