PORTLAND---Hope Rising, Maine’s first residential treatment program and safe house for survivors of human trafficking, will host a candlelight vigil in Portland’s Monument Square on Thursday, January 11, from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. All are encouraged to attend the event, which is being held on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
With an estimated 200 to 300 girls and women, ages 14 to 30, trafficked each year in Maine alone, the vigil aims to bring light to human trafficking so that communities can stop exploitation before it starts and show their support for survivors of trafficking.
A branch of St. Andre Home, Hope Rising operates a physical home in an undisclosed location that houses women, aged 18 and older, with stays of up to 24 months. This unique program provides a safe setting and comprehensive services so clients can recover from the traumatic experience of human trafficking that they have endured and reclaim their lives.
Survivors of human trafficking along with representatives from Hope Rising and Survivor Speak, an organization that raises awareness for survivors of human sex trafficking, will speak at the vigil. For more information, call (207) 282-3351.