Throwback Thursday #tbt Number 1: Antioch University – Keene, NH.

When : Spring 2015.

Event info: http://www.antiochne.edu/event/unspoken-crimes-movie-screening-and-discussion/

Click here for photos from the University on this event.

As a part of Antioch Univervisty New England’s (AUNE) 50th Anniversary, an event was put on to raise awareness of human trafficking.  The successful event included a strong collaboration between the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD) and Written On Your Heart (WOYH) at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire.  Heading up the planning for this event was Jennifer Moniz, a PsyD student (Doctoral in Psyhcology) at AUNE and Lauren Lisembee, a Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling student.

**This was a multi-faceted event:

Part 1: Encouraging Survivors Through Card-Making and Letter-Writing #makeacardchangealife #wemakecardsbecause #woyh

http://www.writtenonyourheart.org

Part 2: Documentary Screening of Sex + Money covering domestic sex trafficking in the United States

http://sexandmoneyfilm.com/

Part 3: Discussion Panel and Community Q&A

  • “Mark S. Zuckerman, Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Erin J. Kelly, M.A., L.C.M.H.C. Program Director for Child and Family Services
  • Linda Douglas New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Erin Albright, Esq. Anti-Trafficking Regional Program Coordinator for the International Institute of New England
  • Dr. Rachel Croteau, family practitioner in Keene with concentration in sexual abuse counseling
  • Melanie Sachs, AVAP Member and Domestic Violence Advocate, Written On Your Heart Board Member.

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^ Left to Right: Melanie Sachs, Rachel Croteau and Lauren Lisembee

Moderating the panel: Lauren and Devin Lisembee from Written on Your Heart.

Join the discussion: What can be done to solve America’s human trafficking epidemic?”

Highlights: We had over 50 people in attendance over the course of the 4 hour event from 5-9PM and had a lively discussion with the panel members who all work directly with clients who have been trafficked in New England or those who are at a high risk for being trafficked.  We also made a ton of cards to send to WOYH’s safe house partners across the country and one of our community board members, Kelly Kingsbury, brought suit cases to donate to WOYH for smoother travel to future events!  SERD and WOYH provided the supplies for the card-making portion.  There was also a fabulous drawing for a gift basket at the end of the night!

Thanks for tuning in! Until next time,

~Melanie S ♥

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NOLA Church Writes 44 Cards of Inspiration

#wemakecardsbecause

NOLA Church partnered with Free-NOLA and on March 5th hosted an awareness event for individuals who want to personally get involved in local rescue efforts. A human trafficking film, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, was screened followed by the honored guest and speaker Diane Amos. Written on Your Heart hosted a card making table at the event and collected 44 cards from the guests. These cards will be sent to Eden House in New Orleans and two other safe houses in Ohio and Colorado. Continue reading

When What’s Written on Your Heart, Becomes your Voice (OneVOICE).

A perspective from WOYH founder, Lauren Lisembee

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On April 9th, 2014, During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, OneVOICE Enterprises/OneVoice4Freedom, Nicole Braddock Bromley, Melanie Sachs, Rachel and Greg Croteau, Praxis Church (Monadnock Vineyard Church), Keene State College (+affiliates), and Written On Your Heart Ministries, collaborated together to offer college students the opportunity to listen and speak about sexual abuse and trafficking.

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Nicole Braddock Bromley,

FOUNDER and Director of OneVOICE Enterprises

http://iamonevoice.org/aboutus

and OneVoice4Freedom

http://onevoice4freedom.org/the-story

Author of ….

“HUSH”: Moving from Silence to Healing After Childhood Sexual Abuse.

“BREATHE”: Finding Freedom to Thrive in Relationships after Childhood Sexual Abuse

and “SOAR”: A companion workbook for HUSH, for personal and group study.

To buy books, click here: http://onevoice.bigcartel.com/

Nicole flew to NH from her home state of Ohio, to eloquently speak to students at Keene State College about childhood sexual abuse and also, how it is linked to human trafficking around the world. And, to being a message of hope and healing to those who’ve survived, and may be accepting/sharing their stories for the first time. She bravely shared her personal story of survivorship and triumph over childhood sexual abuse. She then,  through a gut-wrenching documentary of her time with an undercover film crew, she captured the devastation of Child Sex Trafficking internationally, displaying her previous and current work with victims, as well as survivors of human trafficking in Southeast Asia!

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IF NO-ONE SHEDS LIGHT OF WHAT’S BEING DONE IN THE DARKNESS, IT WILL NEVER STOP. ~Nicole

I BELIEVE THAT THE FIRST STEP TO HEALING IS SHARING YOUR SECRET, MAY THE SILENCE BE BROKEN. ~Nicole

Students were encouraged to write cards and letters of encouragement to survivors of human trafficking after the speaking engagement through the local New England Chapter of Written On Your Heart.  Then a follow-up event, put on by Praxis Church and Written On Your Heart, for students and the community to take further action on campus was announced on this night.

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The Keene State College Counseling Center was also present and available to offer additional support to students if needed.


This night was particuarly powerful, inspiring, meaningful and life changing for me, your blogger, Melanie.

WHY?  I waited 7 years to make it happen. (Thank you to Nicole, her Sister-In-Law Rachel, and her husband Greg for making this dream happen for me)

Keene Equinox Newspaper Article that featured us  http://kscequinox.com/2014/04/healing-starts-with-speaking/

You see, Nicole Braddock Bromley was so much more to me than just a random speaker we flew in to raise awareness about something crucial to be concerned about in our communities and around the world. Nicole and I had become email “penpals”, or I guess you would call it “typepals”, 7 years prior. I was 12/13 years old. Through the years, she’s inspired me, challenged me, changed me and has believed and encouraged me numerous times on my own survivor healing journey throughout the years. So, as you can imagine, getting to plan this event, see it come to life and to introduce Nicole on Stage, it was an absolute honor, an absolute dream come true.

HERE ARE SOME PICTURES THAT I’D LIKE TO SHARE TO ENCOMPASS THE MEANING OF THE EVENT TO ME and some Wisdom I’ve learned/encouragement I’ve received from Nicole Over the Years….

“I am so proud of you — so blessed to know you and be a part of something so much bigger than the past and the pain — you are amazing and I admire your work and your hope and your journey. Share this with the world!”.

“Love that chooses to walk with us,no matter what the cost – We have to Allow it, Believe in it , and Hold onto it”

“Many people suffer & become victims; its heart-breaking. But what I find heart-inspiring are the ones willing to suffer for a cause & become victors.”

“Pain draws us into hiding, purpose calls us out.”

“You have so much to live for and so much ahead of you that the past pales in comparison.”

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To this day, and I’m sure I can speak for myself and Written On Your Heart As A Whole, Nicole and her mission, inspires the work WOYH does every single day/ time we host an event to raise awareness and to empower survivors of human trafficking, those who love them and the community who cares about them.

Check out Nicole’s Latest FB POST on one of her pages. This was posted on  Human Trafficking Awareness day (January 11th, 2016)

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“Like” US and Check Us All Out on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/writtenonyourheart/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/NicoleBraddockBromley/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/OneVOICE4freedom/?fref=ts

Until next time,

What’s Written on My Heart, HAS become my VOICE.

~Melanie S ♥

1 YEAR and 24 days ago. A collaboration with Southern NH University.

As a newly incorporated organization in the State of NH, at this time last year we felt it was important to do something tangible during the month of designated awareness on the issue of Human Trafficking in the U.S, which is obviously near and dear to our hearts. (Since this event over a year ago, we have gained official NON PROFIT status, and are a recognized 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization in the states of Texas AND now New Hampshire, thanks to the determination and support of our board and community members).

For those of you that may be reading this who don’t know,

JANUARY IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AS HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH.

We were overwhelmed with the support of the student leaders that brought us to the SNHU campus. We spent months planning this event and the outcome was really great to see…. here’s a snapshot in words of what it looked like, and some pictures below of planning behind the scenes and the actual event.

January 29th, 2015

Southern New Hampshire University, Walker Auditorium.

  • -45-50 attendees
  • -Sex + Money Documentary viewed.
  • -Cards to survivors made.
  • *Panel Discussion with Q&A Featuring:
  • ^ Lauren Lisembee  (Founder, Survivor, Future Dance Movement Therapist),
  • ^ Melanie  (Survivor, DV/SA Advocate)
  • ^Calyssa (Human Trafficking, Survivor perspective)
  • ^Kitty (Survivor, RN).
  • -SNHU student reps: Lauren MacDonald & Elizabeth Tibbitts
    -M/C: Devin Lisembee
    -SNHU Counselor present at event.

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Event Preparation at a Local Coffee Shop ^

(Melanie.S Pictured)

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Lauren and Melanie Earlier in the week promoting the event in the Student Center.

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Honorary Emcee – Devin Lisembee. Always challenging the men in the room to make double the cards as the women do. He’s great.

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The Panel & Student Leaders. From many different backgrounds, and many different live paths, but now good friends with ONE goal. To break the silence, and take a stand, each in their own way, in the fight against human trafficking.

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(Left) Card made by a student that was sent to a survivor through our partnerships. (Right) View of stage and the Clothesline Project brought by panelist (Melanie S.) Bearing witness to Domestic and Sexual Violence through survivors and those who love them, visual art displayed on t-shirts. Survivors stories.

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^Article Featured in Southern New Hampshire Universities Newspaper titled : The Penmen Press.

& this Press Release (click below) about the event, prior to the event.

Press Release : Click Here.

From Our Hearts to yours,

snhu mel lauren lotusFounder of WOYH Lauren Lisembee (right) and Blogger Melanie S. (Me , Left) holding tight to Lotus necklaces from OneVOICE Enterprises to benefit missions  helping survivors and prevention of human trafficking in Cambodia.

“Growing from the mud, and blooming towards the sky, a LOTUS symbolizes purity, spiritual awakening, revival and fortune”

(http://iamonevoice.org/) SHOUT OUT, to our dear friend, and Freedom Fighter, Nicole Braddock Bromley (you’ll see an event featuring her in a future BLOG post)

Until next time….

STAY TUNED!

Mel♥

New Event! Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 11:00am – 2:00pm

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Where?
The Montrose Center
401 Branard St., 2nd Floor, Houston, Texas 77006

When?
Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 11:00am – 2:00pm

What?
Come hang out and make cards with us!

We are hosting our second annual card making event on May 31st. This is a time when we come together for a few hours to make homemade, handwritten cards with words of encouragement and inspiration for human trafficking (modern-day slavery) victims and survivors currently residing in safe houses and shelters. According to staff and volunteers, there are positive responses from the recipients, so we want to continue to help encourage and uplift in any way we can. We collaborate with Written on Your Heart- Houston, who will deliver the cards.

Additionally, we will collect monetary donations for the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition (HRRC), an organization seeking to prevent modern-day slavery through education, training, and community empowerment. Monies collected from the event will go directly to this organization.

We will provide the supplies needed to create the cards. Feel free to bring any other supplies you want to use to spark your creativity. There will be refreshments served and we will provide information related to human
trafficking.