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Our Blog Has Moved!

iSanctuary’s blog has moved to a new home! Please visit us at


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iSanctuary made the news

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We want to thank you for your support over this past year. We have many things to be grateful for entering 2009.

The following accomplishments would not have been possible without your support:

  • Trained 42 girls in jewelry design
  • Provided 6 girls with advanced training in semi-precious jewelry
  • Established savings accounts for all 42 girls
  • Attended 18 sales events over the past two months
  • First sale in India where survivors were able to attend
  • Participated in Alternative Christmas markets in from Santa Cruz to San Diego
  • Articles published in the Orange County Register, Golden West College magazine
  • Featured on a news station, blogs, and newsletter as the option for purposeful gifts
  • Joined Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force Coalition
  • Received 501c3 non-profit status

With the great success of this past season, we are excited for all the opportunities for people to get involved. If you are looking to serve in your local area and have a few hours to give there are a variety of ways to serve.

Please join us as we meet to discuss the future of Sanctuary:

Orange County, California

Monday, January 12, 2009 6:30 pm            San Clemente, CA

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 11:00 am           Fountain Valley, CA

Santa Cruz, California

Sunday, January 25, 2009 6:00 pm           Aptos, CA

For directions and location, email Wendy at

Kansas City, Missouri

Saturday, January 17, 2009 9:00 am

For more info, email Katy at:

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to get involved, contact Wendy at We hope you will join us to work on behalf of girls rescued from sexual slavery. We are excited since expanding means more opportunities for more survivors.

Happy New Year!


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Check out iSanctuary in the News!

OC Register published an article about iSanctuary.

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Human Trafficking in the News

A suspect in the 2005 disappearance of an Alabama teen in Aruba is involved in selling Thai women into prostitution, a Dutch TV reporter claims.

Reporter Peter De Vries has made a second hidden-camera expose on Dutch student Joran Van der Sloot, who was believed to be with Natalee Holloway when she vanished while on a senior trip to Aruba. De Vries won an Emmy this year for another report on Van Der Sloot, 21, in which the student admits to dumping Holloway’s body after she suddenly began shaking and died as they were kissing.

Click here for photos from the case.

De Vries’ latest report, which was shown Sunday night on Dutch television, shows Van der Sloot telling someone posing as a sex-industry boss that he can get passports for Thai women and girls who think they are going to the Netherlands to work as dancers, reported.

Van der Sloot makes about $13,000 for every woman sold into prostitution in the Netherlands, De Vries claims.

“The pictures show how little respect this 21-year-old has for the lives of others,” De Vries told a Dutch newspaper. “The fact that he goes into the trafficking of women after the disappearance of Natalee is typical of him.”

In February, judges rejected an attempt to arrest Van der Sloot for a third time in her disappearance. He was released due to insufficient evidence the first two times he was arrested.

Aruban prosecutors had sought to detain him based on hidden-camera recordings captured by a Dutch TV crime show. In the video, Van der Sloot said Holloway collapsed on the beach after they left the bar and he called a friend to dump her body at sea.

Joseph Tacopina, a lawyer for student Van der Sloot, said in February that his client was not responsible for the Alabama teen’s death and that the tapes did not amount to a confession.

“There was no confession, no admission of a crime by Joran on any of these tapes, which is very telling,” Tacopina said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

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Be an Advocate

Join the fight to stop human trafficking by becoming an iSanctuary representative. Get involved by offering your professional services. We are currently in need of graphic artists, designers, web hosts, administrative and legal professionals.  There are a variety of needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at   or  Wendy at   All are welcome!

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