A year ago One Body Village was chosen to be the 2013-2014 Grant recipient from Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations, a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2004 of Vietnamese undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals.
And... toward the end of the eleventh annual leadership conference from July 24 – 27, 2014, the CPP team of UNAVSA presented to OBV president a BIG CHECK of $85,849.88 — the largest amount UNAVSA had ever raised for its CPP recipient in the last 10 years. The VSA at George Mason University (Virginia) was named the TOP for raising more than 8 thousand dollars, and together with other Vietnamese Student Associations in the Mid-Atlantic region (MAUVSA) they raised more than 25 thousand dollars for this year CPP.
The grant will help OBV to push stronger in our effort to prevent, rescue, raise and rehabilitate young male victims of child sex trafficking.
OBV appreciates UNAVSA's recognition of OBV Mission and Vision, and looks forward to our close collaboration in the coming year.
One Body Village
OBV employees, collaborators, and OBV children would like to congratulate you on the 9th anniversary of your ordination.
We all hope that you are always happy and healthy to lead OBV so that the organization could grow steadily and accomplish its noble mission.
May God bless you always.
Below are the few line jotted down by Lee Channimol, One of our new project staff in Cambodia.
This is my first opportunity to work with OBV to help sexual slavery victims. I am truly happy. This was always my ambition since I was a student. However, I was still so worry when I started working with OBV. I did not know what to do to help. I always tell my self to keep it up. I am so lucky to have the support and encouragement from family and friends.
I started my first case with two little girls in my village. When I decided to go see them, I was worried that they would think I had a bad intention. After our talk, the family more open and allow me to help them. I will go into further details in my next post.
I love and value what I do. I will try harder and help people as much as I can.
Translated by Miny Truong. Original version in Vietnamese entitled "Tôi Đồng Hành cùng OBV"
In many ways, Nicole was a typical teenager. In high school she tried cigarettes and alcohol, but she says, "I was pretty much a good kid. I didn't really stay out late, I always came home, I never stole anything. I did what a lot of teenagers do."
By age 17, however, things were deteriorating at home. Her parents were divorced, her father was absent, and she and her mother had an on-again, off-again relationship. That's when Nicole met a man who took her shopping and showered her with attention. "He was gorgeous and he had charm," she said. "I didn't really think he was going to turn out to be..." Her voice trailed off as she tried to find words to describe Juan Vianez, the pimp who forced her into prostitution and later brutally beat her.
It was a weekend afternoon, and also the end of the month. Mrs Đỗ Thu Trang and her daughter Ái Linh from America returned to Vietnam, and came to visit the OBV children. On the long road, mother and daughter drove around in a Honda asking for directions, with the bright beating sun leaving them quite sweaty. However, as she said, all fatigue disappeared when they saw the children.
Master Thinh Pham
On the night of May 10, 2014, by invitation of The Assistant Bui Phat Parish Priest, Bridge to Happiness Center had a chance to talk with the parents in Parish about the topic "Sharing The Burden of Studies With Your Children." It was spoken by the speaker of the Center, Pham Phuc Thinh. Below is the sharing of him after the conference.
The topic "Sharing The Burden of Studies With Your Children" is the topic that I have cared and nurtured for so long. I want to make it to help the children can learn less time and have the feeling that study is not too scary, but fun.
Last month, the FBI asked for the public's help in a case involving a suspected serial child predator who for years taught in private international schools overseas. The suspect committed suicide after his employer saw pornographic images on his thumb drive, but as part of our subsequent investigation—when we began the process of identifying and notifying the victims shown in these images—we also asked that possible victims and others who may have information come forward, not only to aid investigators but to potentially access our victim assistance services.
On the 10th Anniversary of your Priesthood (2004 - June 5 - 2014), we would like to thank you for your loving example of self-sacrifice and generous service to One Body Village.
You are another Christ to your flock. May you be richly blessed!
Susana Trimarco holding a photo of her daughter at a Mass in 2008, a year after she founded the Fundación María de los Ángeles to combat sex trafficking.
SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMÁN, Argentina — HERE in the impoverished north of Argentina, sex traffickers search among the vulnerable for targets. Typically, they lure women with deceitful job offers and then traffic them to big cities, mining towns and agricultural regions, where they are forced into sex slavery.
For most women, in the past, it was the beginning of years of servitude in a grim underworld of prostitution. But these days more manage to escape, many with the help of the Fundación María de los Ángeles, a nongovernmental organization founded by Susana Trimarco, whose daughter was seized 12 years ago.
It's yet another reason why parents need to keep a close eye on their kids' involvement with social networking websites—during a three-year period ending in March 2012, members of a violent Virginia street gang used some of these websites to recruit vulnerable high-school age girls to work in their prostitution business.
After a multi-agency state and federal investigation, all five defendants pled guilty to various federal charges related to the sex trafficking conspiracy. The leader of the gang—27-year-old Justin Strom—was just sentenced on September 14 to 40 years in prison, while the sentences handed down for the other four defendants totaled 53 years.
One Body Village for the first time presented the Musical Play "The Life I Left Behind" on April 25th, 2014 in Orange County, CA and on April 27th, 2014 in San Jose, CA.
The play showcased the real and painful stories of OBV's 3 children whose lives were scarred by child sex slavery. Their harrowing recounts of their stories brought to the forefront the evil nature of child sex slavery, the sufferings it caused to young lives, and the challenges lasting well past the trauma that are now part of their lives as they undergo the rehabilitation and the reintegration into societies.