Updated: Nov 24, 2019
The Stepping Stones Network invited me to photograph the open house of their new facility. It was important to the director that the photos showcased the garden area in order to convey a sense of serenity at their home. Taking photos of flowers is really different than what I am used to but indeed it was a welcomed change of pace. The facility is full of love and beauty.
You may be wondering what makes this place special. This new facility is one of the only homes in the nation that allows sex trafficked survivors AND their young children to stay together during the recovery process. Other such programs that focus on teaching women life skills and providing healing do not allow the women to stay with their children which negatively impacts success rates of the programs. What Stepping Stones is doing is special. They are rebuilding lives and investing in these women and their children because they know the inherent worth in every human being.
Why is this important? The Stepping Stones Network website states that an estimated 16,000 to 24,000 individuals enter into sex trafficking in Chicago every day. Meanwhile, there is little support in place for survivors. Stepping Stones also offers outreach programs to youth at risk for trafficking, educational services to law enforcement and medical personnel, and support groups for former sex traffickers.
Here is a look at some of my favorite photos from the event:
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