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What Freedom Means To Me

Lindsey Malcolm

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays simply because it celebrates the fundamental tenant of freedom, something about which I am deeply passionate. 241 years ago, 56 delegates to the Continental Congress signed the most incredible document in our nation’s history, the Declaration of Independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

This bold statement that our rights come from our Creator, not from men, is empowering; that we are free to dream and be fueled by ambition is encouraging; that anything less than living in True Freedom is contrary to our purpose, is revolutionary. This is why I am in the fight to end human trafficking.

While this is an American document that spurred the establishment of the United States of America, the role of freedom in life is not limited by our borders and shores. Traffickers rob young women their freedom in places like India, Mexico, and Uganda. Girls in the United States are exploited, manipulated, and abused right here in our city streets. These victims have been endowed by their Creator with the same inalienable rights as you and me, but someone has taken them away through force, fraud, or coercion.

That’s why rescue efforts by our anti-trafficking partners are so crucial. They break the first chains of captivity. I can’t imagine the situation we would be in without their courage and determination.

But what about the emotional and mental chains? How can people escaping trafficking transition from physical freedom to living in True Freedom, where they can make decisions for themselves, develop positive and authentic relationships, be financially stable, and overcome their insecurities? How can they pursue their Happiness?

International Sanctuary. The road to freedom starts when the doors of a Sanctuary open. In these safe, healing communities, young women and girls can find space to learn while surrounded by love and grace. They can establish a career path and become leaders and providers thanks to our social enterprise, Purpose Jewelry.

The 56 men whose names inked on the Declaration of Independence pledged their “Lives, [their] Fortunes, and [their] Sacred Honor” so that their countrymen could live in True Freedom. What can we pledge?

  • Instead of your life, could we have a couple of hours of your time? Host a Trunk Show

  • Instead of your fortunes, would you consider a monthly or one-time gift? Click to Give

  • Instead of your sacred honor, would you introduce 3 friends to International Sanctuary?

Every journey starts with a step - will you walk with me?

This blog was written by Ashley McCully, International Sanctuary’s Development Coordinator

A Father's Day Message from Robert Yi, Chairman of the Board

Lindsey Malcolm

Recently, I was asked why International Sanctuary is so important to me.

In 2005, the moment my first daughter was born, I became a parent. Over the past 12 years… through joys and sorrows, blessings and trials, successes and failures… I’ve been learning how to be a father. And that journey continues.

In the anti-trafficking movement, rescue occurs in a moment. This work of helping people escape trafficking is absolutely critical.

However, the road to recovery is a long, long journey and the global community today is largely unprepared to address this challenge. We need more aftercare centers that provide a supportive community empowering trafficking survivors to embrace and realize their freedom.

International Sanctuary’s unique model of providing long-term, holistic support is proven, successful, and scalable. The organization’s ability to provide dignity and hope is life-changing.

As a father of two young girls, I regularly reflect on how best to help them fully realize their potential with as much joy as possible. It sickens me to know that children around the world have been forcefully robbed of that opportunity.

On this Father’s Day, I challenge all dads out there to act on behalf of the 15 million children being trafficked today. Advocate for freedom and justice. Protect those who are the most vulnerable.

Find and support International Sanctuary or another anti-trafficking organization with your time, expertise, or giving. As fathers, our children are our greatest pride… let’s live today with the goal of being theirs.