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Bad Jokes and Predator Psyche by Nannette Ricaforte

I'm so grateful for this latest piece by Nannette Ricaforte. The Philippines is one of the countries most affected by online sexual predators.  Because of the prevalence of the English language, Filipinos are often sought out in the online…
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Kickboxing for Freedom

I'd like to introduce you to my friend Kelly. Kelly used her talents as a photographer and video producer to help us tell our girls stories more effectively, but she was so touched by meeting the girls, she didn't stop there! Watch this video…
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Nanner's Runners --By Nannette Ricaforte

Today's post comes from our dear friend and catalyst, Nannette Ricaforte. Nannette has been an integral part of My Refuge House from the time it was a dream, until now, and continues to offer her time and resources (she's an incredible photographer!)…
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That One Time I Ran for Her Life

Remember the blog Julianna wrote a couple weeks ago: The Girl Who Doesn't Run is Running for Her Life? Well, here is the follow up-- after the race. And we are excited to report that with Julianna and the other runners-- the final count of money…

Eye Contact and Other Dilemmas

In 2013 I made about a dozen New Year's Resolutions. Like most Americans, by February I was actively achieving 0% of them. So to kick off 2014, I changed my tactic and I only made one resolution. Instead of focusing on a list of things that…
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Photo Blog of Completed Cottage (and Construction!)

At the end of August 2013, we started construction on a new cottage! This cottage, is completed and will become home to six more girls who will be rescued from sex trafficking and exploitation in March 2014! For those of you who missed our…
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Paths of Least Resistance

People often ask me, "How do those kids get trafficked anyway?" and I typically say something cryptic like "Well, there are various common scenarios." Unfortunately, that answer does little to explain the realities of how trafficking happens.…

Finished Cottage

It's finished! It's unfurnished, but it's beautiful. Check out the pictures of our new home-- and the girls we have now enjoying the solitude that it provides. We will be furnishing, decorating, and hiring new staff to open up the home in the…

Christmas Pictures!

New Years Eve is here! But before the new year comes, take a look at this wonderful photos of our 12 happy girls celebrating Christmas. Our greatest gift this Christmas-- seeing 12 girls who have been through terrible tragedies, have the chance…
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My Refuge House's Year In Review 2013

2013 has been an incredible year for us at My Refuge House. We started off January with the Slavery No More Freedom Walk and along with many other people and organizations advocating for an end to slavery! In February, we redefined love with…