Prevention is the ACTION of
stopping something from happening.
How will YOU take
200,000 - 300,000 US children face a trafficking situation every day of the year, according to CHILDUSA.
LOHI was founded in 2005 because Tim Brown took action in order to prevent the child sex trafficking he witnessed happening while on a business trip in SE ASIA.
How did Tim take action? Tim started building relationships with local Cambodian nationals and motivated leaders such as Sam Raguingan. Together, Tim and Sam started building schools in remote Cambodian villages because it is the Khmer people who struggle to heal from a long history of abuse and lack basic of human rights such as education and access to health care. How is LOHI connected to Western North Carolina? This is where our CEO is located! When Bren took over she realized that preventive efforts in WNC were scarce, therefore she began doing what she could to make sure that the children who are most at risk here had prevention materials too.
LOHI continues to grow and take action in order to prevent human trafficking and/or abuse from starting, we educate children at a young age because IT IS NECESSARY!
LOHI’s CEO, Brendon Journey, MPH, is one of the co-founders of the NC Demand Reduction Task Force
LOHI provides prevention and awareness trainings at all educational levels including Elementary to University
Our volunteers are dedicated to having “all boots on the ground” to educate, empower, and elevate all, especially children, in order to prevent!
Thanks to our partners at Life 107, our prevention education materials have made it into the hands of those most at risk in Panama and the surrounding borders!
LOHI believes in partnering with organizations that fight human trafficking and/or the factors that contribute to ones susceptibility. Ex. Food or housing insecurities
EDUCATION is our key defense when it comes to human trafficking prevention!
College, Adult, &
The ”Adult Safety Party”
Human Trafficking 101 and 102
Preventing Abuse and HT - Best Practices
Typologies of Crime and Human Trafficking
History of Pornography and Public Health Response
Public Health and Wellness Prevention and Response
Human Trafficking Prevention in the Workplace
Human Resource Violence Prevention and Response
Why does this statistic keep popping up?
84% of HT survivors reported experiencing sex abuse as a child on some level. - Polaris Project
1/3 of child sexual assults are being committed by another minor. - NCMEC
What's the deal? Why do we need them?
Safety Party 101
1. Invite the child to do a superhero craft or play a game.
This is when the volunteer gets to know the child’s name and age.
2. Let’s talk about Safe Adults...
As the child plays, volunteers follow curriculum that helps the child identify the characteristics of a Safe Adult. The child names 5 Safe Adults in their life.
3. The Power of No!
Children are given permission to use “The Power of NO!” if they are ever made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe. We then Empower the child to tell the first Safe Adult they come to.
4. Let the conversation flow.
If time allows, volunteers continue to engage with the child and we talk about any and everything that the child wants to talk. We might incorporate ideas such as good pictures vs. bad pictures or surprises vs.secrets.
Prevention Education Materials
(NCMEC and LOHI)
NCMEC Internet Safety book
Resource Contact Numbers
Dog Tag w/ contact info
YUM Earth gummies
Superhero themed toys
Music, dancing, face painting, balloons, and goodie bags are just a part of the fun we offer at our Stateside Safety Parties!
Plans are drawn up and we are on a mission to reach those in WNC who are facing insecurities related to health, food, or housing. Why? Abusers and traffickers tend to target those who are experiencing hardships such as these. We need your support to help turn this vision into a reality! Happen to have an extra EMS vehicle? Get in touch.
For the past 3 years, LOHI has celebrated freedom from mistreatment with a survivor of trafficking or abuse. This Scholarship is intended to help Elevate and Empower the survivor on their journey of healing.
The First Annual Anti Trafficking Summit took place in 2019 and thanks to partners like Life107 and MHU this event has continued every year since.