Support Liberation Prison Yoga’s new project!
Female victims of sex trafficking often end up in jail, too scared or attached to give up their pimp. This time of incarceration, away from the life, away from their pimp, can offer a unique opportunity for healing. I’m excited to share with you the new project we are taking on, TESSA (Transformation and Empowerment for Survivors: From Shame to Awareness), which has two aspects:
Bring our TESSA peer survivor mindfulness group to Rikers Island as a Pilot and provide measurable results to expand the project,
Provide paid training for 20 survivors of sex trafficking across the city to start/lead the peer mindfulness groups in their communities.
Survivors holding space for each other, supporting each other in the healing process has profound impact.
When I ran this group at Rikers Island from 2015-2016, women were able to identify themselves as victims, leave their pimps, enter protective programs, and stop using and be present for the pain behind the urge. Right from the start of each group, during the reading of the definition of child sexual abuse and sex trafficking, survivors recognized themselves. Emotions surfaced. Hearing others in various stages of healing automatically brings awareness to one’s own innocence.
A timed shares format with added mindfulness brings equal attention and respect to each story, and a closing group conversation underscores the incredible strength survivors share.
LPY teacher Bre Skullark and I are ready to bring this group back to Rikers Island. We will also train survivors to lead the group, paying them a fee to support them in their leadership roles. While the groups are for peers (survivors only) and have a script, the group leader needs training to learn the skill of guiding meditations: Calming, protective visualizations are essential to allow participants’ bodies/minds to return to homeostasis after opening up to painful or overwhelming feelings.
We ask for your generous support to raise a total of $5,300 to roll out the Pilot ($1,800), organize and conduct trainings ($1,500) and pay 20 survivor participants ($2,000).
We are aiming to spread the power of healing through this mindfulness peer support group to incarcerated and other survivors of sex trafficking everywhere.
Thank you for your support!
Liberation Prison Yoga is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible.