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2012 Year in Review
2012 was a year of abundant growth. Here is a brief summary of our specifics.
Stopping human trafficking in our community. Many Sacramento area residents are shocked when they learn that our community is a hub for human trafficking. Opening Doors is now a leader in building public understanding—by leading education sessions for the general public and trainings for professionals, such as law enforcement personnel and hospital emergency room staff. Our staff and volunteers also started a campaign to encourage the City of Sacramento to enforce inspections of massage parlors to uncover human trafficking.
Starting fresh after being trafficked. Those who escape from trafficking situations must cope with trauma and damaged self-esteem, which can be even more difficult in a country where they don’t speak the language, and don’t understand the customs and institutions. Through comprehensive case management, Opening Doors assists survivors through this difficult transition period. During 2012, through our Survivors of Human Trafficking program:
Building independence and fighting back. Opening Doors expanded its Immigration Legal Services Program, which focuses on assisting foreign-born survivors of human trafficking and domestic abuse to obtain special visas that enable them to stay in the US and assist law enforcement to investigate and prosecute those who hurt them. While the visa process is slow, the first results are beginning to come through. Through Opening Doors’ Immigration Legal Assistance Program in 2012:
Starting all over in safety. Some of the world’s refugees from Iraq, Eritrea, Burma, Iran and other troubled areas came to Sacramento in 2012 to begin new lives. Many have suffered the trauma of war, imprisonment, and countless deprivations. In 2012, with help from volunteers, donors of furniture and household goods, and generous congregations, through our Refugee Resettlement Program:
Learning employment and health skills. Many Iraqis come with years of professional skills and experience, but finding a job in the US context is different from doing so in Iraq. Using volunteers from the community, RHEAP provides Iraqi families with educational services that help them succeed in their new home. Through our RHEAP program, in 2012:
Reaching dreams despite limited income. During its second year, our financial capability program, MoneyWork$, matured and expanded. Partly due to referrals from past graduates, numbers of participants swelled. Through the MoneyWork$ program, during 2012:
Self-sufficiency and jobs through small business. This year Opening Doors stepped up to fill a dire need in our community for business microloans. Building upon our years of experience lending to refugee entrepreneurs, we now offer financing in amounts under $50,000 for the broad cross-spectrum of Sacramento area small-business owners. Meanwhile, we have continued assisting refugees to start or grow their businesses. As a result of our microenterprise assistance and loans, during 2012:
Volunteerism transforms lives. All of these positive changes in the lives of our community members were possible because of our many dedicated volunteers and generous donors.