Category "USA"

Why Don’t Victims Leave the Trafficker?

April 8, 2019

There is a public misconception that victims of sex trafficking can leave if they want to, but choose to stay because of the money they make. This story reveals how victims are often brutalized, tattooed, and threatened into exploitation. In this case, the trafficker was a woman and kept the money that was made. She recruited two minors and other young women through the internet.

Learn more about recognizing the signs of traffickingHelp ZOE in our efforts to educate youth about the tactics that traffickers use in order to prevent them from becoming victims.

ZOE Recognizes Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 26, 2019

By Jessicah Ray, PA & Concussion SpecialistTraumatic Brain Injury Awareness for Survivors of Human Trafficking Much advancement has been accomplished in the recognition of the comprehensive and trauma-informed health needs for survivors of human trafficking. However, publications and guidelines have yet to consistently include the consideration for traumatic brain injury (TBI) assessment and care. This can be […]

Longing for Home

March 11, 2019

  ZOE InternationalBy Lori-Ann Tsang I’ve been contemplating the concept of “home” lately. What are ways we try to make a place feel more like home? In thinking about the structure and physical building itself, unless you are an architect or a builder, your first chance at this happens after the structure has been built […]

Journeys Reclaimed

February 27, 2019

  ZOE USABy Marji Iacovetti ZOE was privileged to support a Human Trafficking Symposium at Camp Scott on January 29th. The theme of this beautiful event was Reclaiming My Journey. The symposium equipped youth at the juvenile detention camp with knowledge about tactics traffickers use to lure and exploit young people. Trafficking survivor, Tika Thorton, […]

ZOE Trains Hilton Hotel Employees

February 27, 2019

  ZOE USABy Ester Yu In 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that requires human trafficking awareness training in industries where workers are likely to encounter human trafficking victims, including hotel and motel workers. By January 1, 2020, employers must provide at least 20 minutes of training to employees in these industries. […]

From Short Term Missions to ZOE Walk

December 13, 2018

From Short Term Missions to ZOE Walk By Lori-Ann Tsang In August and January of each year, ZOE Thailand has the privilege of hosting our joint short-term teams. Each team arrives after months of training and planning for their 10-day short-term trip. They spend time alongside our staff, ministry school students, and missionaries in different settings. […]


December 6, 2018

Freedom By Jessicah Ray, PA-C Why is a diagnosis of human trafficking important? Human trafficking is internationally recognized as a public health problem with over 40.3 million victims identified, and with one-quarter of those being children. (Dovydaitis, 2010, Fink-Samnick, 2018). In response to this global epidemic, hospitals and clinics are joining the mission to end […]

ZOE Rescue Walk Comes to Hawaii

October 23, 2018

ZOE Rescue Walk Comes to Hawaii Contact: Gaile Nitta – ZOE Rescue Walk Hawaii Coordinator 808 542-0850 ZOE International (, a non-profit organization that rescues and cares for child victims of human trafficking, is pleased to announce Hawaii’s first-ever ZOE Rescue Walk. Begun six years ago in Los Angeles, this year’s annual ZOE Rescue […]

Businesses That Care

October 19, 2018

Businesses That Care By Karen Miyamoto The 6th annual ZOE Rescue Walk is just a few weeks away.  This year’s Walk theme is Unstoppable Hope…our hope is unstoppable as we strive to rescue every child and care for them with the love to Jesus!  The event will be on November 3rd, Saturday at LA Mission […]

Support for Parents of CSEC

September 17, 2018

Support for Parents of CSEC by Marji Iacovetti This summer, LA County launched a pilot program to support parents of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). ZOE was privileged to support the county’s efforts. The weekly meetings were held at a church and were led by two experienced and caring clinicians – one from the Department […]