The Exodus Road, an anti-trafficking nonprofit dedicated to training, release and aftercare, today announced that Edwin Desamour has joined the board.
– Laura Parker, CEO and co-founder of The Exodus Road
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States, November 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – After years of working to protect, supervise and empower young people in North Philadelphia, Edwin Desamour adds another mission to his list: to fight against human trafficking. The road to the exodus, a non-profit organization that actively fights global trafficking, today announced that Desamour has been inducted into the board of directors.
Born and raised in North Philadelphia, Desamour grew up facing the challenges so many young people experience in the city as drugs, gangs and violence plague many communities. After experiencing the worst on the streets at just 16 and overcoming obstacles, Desamour chose not to return to his old way of life, but instead returned to his community to be a force for change. positive.
Since then, Desamour has held several roles within his community to support and empower young people to overcome the lifestyles that are often imposed on them. He is currently the director of the Lighthouse Sports Complex in the heart of North Philadelphia, where he runs programs such as boxing, basketball and other after-school activities to encourage health and bond within the community.
He has also worked with several organizations and foundations that work to end violence, including the Philadelphia Anti-Drug Anti-Violence Network (PAAN), the Latino Juvenile Justice Network and the Make the World Better Foundation (MTWB), to name a few. He also founded and directed MIMIC: Men in Motion in the Community.
And now he’s adding The Exodus Road to that list.
“When I was introduced to the horrors of human trafficking, I had to do something,” Desamour said. “A lot of the people sold in sex trafficking are minors, kids the same age as the students I work with and the kids I supervise… there’s no way I can stay out of it. this fight. “
Desamour connected to The Exodus Road through a film project that humanitarian photographer Nate Griffin, current board member, produced. Desamour immediately became a personal financial donor and has been a champion of labor ever since.
In addition to Griffin, Desamour joins seven other board members of The Exodus Road, including international opera singer Soula Parassidis, Microsoft manager Steve Leigh, former MLB player Daniel Murphy, country singer. Craig Morgan and nonprofit executives Tori Murphy (Founder of Prom Series), Sarah Ray (Founder of Neema Development) and Laura Parker (Co-Founder of The Exodus Road).
“Edwin’s commitment to ending violence and helping Philadelphia’s youth take charge of their future is inspiring. He’s not afraid to go to tough places for the sake of vulnerable people, and that’s really the heart of this work, ”said Laura Parker, CEO and co-founder of The Exodus Road. “We are delighted with the perspective, experience, wisdom and passion that Edwin will bring to this struggle against modern slavery. ”
Disrupting the darkness of modern slavery, The Exodus Road is a global nonprofit that partners with law enforcement to fight human trafficking, equips communities to protect vulnerable people and empowers the survivors as they march to freedom. The Colorado-based nonprofit was recently launched TraffickWatch Academy: United States, a free online multimedia training module that explains the complexities of human trafficking and teaches viewers methods to identify the signs of trafficking and how to intervene.
About the road to the exodus
The Exodus Road is a global, non-profit organization that works strategically and holistically to end human trafficking. Working alongside local staff, partner NGOs and law enforcement agencies around the world, The Exodus Road fights to free trafficked people, stop traffickers and provide restorative care to survivors. Since its inception in 2012, the organization has helped police rescue over 1,500 survivors and arrest over 851 offenders; numbers that are increasing almost daily. Exodus Road’s approach to freedom integrates prevention and training (TraffickWatch Academy), response (Search + Rescue) and monitoring (Beyond Rescue) efforts. The Exodus Road fights human trafficking in the United States, Thailand, Brazil, the Philippines, India and Latin America.
For more information or to donate to help stop traffic, please visit The Exodus Road website at https://theexodusroad.com/.