These Earrings Are Fighting Human Trafficking

 
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These Earrings Are Fighting Human Trafficking

 

Dear Survivor, 

You are loved and supported.

That's what I want to personally say to any survivor of human trafficking. And, that's the mission of Christine Longoria, the designer, and craftswoman, of Dear Survivor. 

In 2012, she lived across the street from a brothel.

"Night after night of noticing the open sign, the heavily draped windows, the incoherent signage, and the men that'd ring the doorbell and wait to be let in - all red flags were up."

Christine was going to school studying human trafficking: the signs and statistics. And yet, she felt powerless about the human trafficking she was seeing every single day just steps from her home.

She explains how her experience has shaped her mission:

"Dear Survivor is my attempt to right the wrongs I've seen.

Since day one of being in business, I've donated a portion of every dollar to GenerateHope, a 501(c)(3) in San Diego dedicated to helping survivors of human trafficking.

There's power in the consumer market - let's use it for good."


 
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Modern Slavery

Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry. According to the Polaris Project, there are 20.9 million trafficking victims around the world and that number is increasing every single day. Victims are manipulated, threatened, stripped of any feeling of safety or confidence and forced to engage in commercial sex or provide labor against their will.

While this issue is so widespread and can often seem distant and hopeless — like there's nothing we can do to stop human trafficking — there are a few ways we can help. Through awareness, education and supporting organizations, like GenerateHope and Polaris Project, as well as shopping for good. If we buy from brands that do good, we can use the power of our spending to impact these human rights issues.

We can change the world one purchase at a time. We can live our values and wear our values.

Photo from  dearsurvivor.com

Photo from dearsurvivor.com

Dear Survivor

Christine uses her skills, passion, and resources to create one-of-a-kind crystal stud earrings. Each pair is handmade in San Diego, California and created with quartz, blue calcite, purple fluorite, pyrite and various other crystals. She's also expanded to offering leather goods and beautiful necklaces.

Honestly, each pair of earrings is magical. 

 
 
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Dear Survivor

Crystal Cluster Studs

 
 

Have you looked at the shop? Which pair of earrings do you like? I'd love to know!

Cheers,

LB

 

P.S. The Polaris Project is a great resource on human trafficking. There you learn more facts and learn to recognize the signs. Human trafficking could be happening in your hometown - don't turn a blind eye. Call their hotline if you see signs of modern slavery: 1 (888) 373-7888.