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“You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.” Psalm 10:17-18

What We Are Learning

International Justice Mission

International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems.

IJM's justice professionals work in their communities in 12 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to secure tangible and sustainable protection of national laws through local court systems.


Keep up to date on what’s happening at My Refuge House. See our quarterly newsletter with pictures, personal stories, and news from the Philippines.

The following is a list of all of our newsletters to help you follow our journey.

Date Brief Summary
Spring 2011 Four Things Anyone Can Do
Winter 2010 Meet The Clinical Director
Fall 2010 A Sneak Peek of the New Home
Summer 2010 A Vision For The Future
Spring 2010 Understanding Trafficking Survivors
Winter 2009 The Year In Review: A look back over 2009
Fall 2009 A Secret Hideaway
Summer 2009 A place in pictures by Nannette Ricaforte, see MyRefuge House from a visual and her personal perspective.
Spring 2009 Special Valentine’s Day greetings to our extended Refuge House family.
Winter 2008 Merry Christmas from MyRefuge House.
Fall 2008 An Unexclusive Interview with Pastor Danny Cortez, by Sari Yasui.
Summer 2008 The first edition of My Refuge House's Newsletter

Get Educated with other Website Links

MRH offers the following resource list of website links which includes recommended reading and viewing so you can be further educated on the issues of slavery and human trafficking throughout the world.

Issues at a Glance:” by UN.GIFT, Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking.

UNICEF Fact Sheet.

Trafficking in Persons Report 2009: A Report from the US Dept. of State.

US Dept. of Health and Human Services Fact Sheet.

US Dept. of Justice information on Human Trafficking.

US Dept. of Education Fact Sheet.

FBI page on Slavery.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement page on Trafficking vs. Smuggling.

Faith and Service Technical Education Network (FASTEN): Sex Trafficking Fact Sheet

The Dream Center.


Amazing Grace (2006) - A film based on the life of anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce, who was elected to the British House of Commons at the age of 21. On his way to a successful political career, Wilberforce, over the course of two decades, took on the English establishment and persuaded those in power to end the inhuman trade of slavery in the British empire (118 minutes).

Born Into Brothels (2004) - Taking on a very different vantage point that most films on the subject, this documentary focuses not on the prostitutes in India but their children (85minutes).

Call + Response (2008) - a feature documentary film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL +RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2007, slave traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined. Luminaries on the issue such as Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd, Nicholas Kristof, and many other prominent political and cultural figures offer first hand account of this 21st century trade. Also includes performances from Grammy- winning and critically acclaimed artists move this chilling information into inspiration for stopping it. Music is part of the movement against human slavery. Dr. Cornel West connects the music of the American slave fields to the popular music we listen to today, and offers this connection as a rallying cry for the modern abolitionist movement currently brewing.(120 minutes)

Fields of Mudan (2004) - A young girl if forced into sex slavery in this moving short film. She befriends another girl in the brothel and dreams of freedom with her mother in America (23 minutes).

HOLLY (2006) - On March 2002, Guy Jacobson, on vacation near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, was surrounded by 15 girls, aggressively soliciting him for prostitution. One 5- year-old girl told Jacobson, "I yum yum very good." She begged Jacobson for money and said the madam of her brothel would beat her if she returned empty-handed. Jacobson gave the girl $20, and she left. But Jacobson didn't forget. That encounter is recreated word for word in the new independent film "Holly," about a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl who has been sold by her impoverished family and smuggled into Cambodia where she is forced to work as a prostitute (113 minutes).

Human Trafficking (2005) When a sixteen-year-old girl from the Ukraine, a single mother from Russia, an orphaned seventeen-year-old girl from Romania, and a twelve-year-old American tourist become the victims of international sex slave traffickers, a specialized team of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) struggles to expose the worldwide network that has enslaved them. ICE agent Kate Morozov knows the horror of sexual exploitation first-hand and is dedicated to dismantling the network and bringing the ring's kingpin to justice. From a torture chamber in Queens to the flesh-peddlers of Russia, the hunt is on as the fates of relentless ICE agents, the ruthless traffickers and their defenseless victims collide in a powder keg conspiracy of global proportions (176 minutes).

Born Into Brothels (2004) - Taking on a very different vantage point that most films on the subject, this documentary focuses not on the prostitutes in India but their children (85 minutes).

The Day My God Died, (2003) - lifts the veil of secrecy on child sex trafficking using footage from the brothels captured with spy camera technology. The film tells the stories of Gina, sold into sexual slavery at age seven, raped by 14 men and beaten with sticks and aluminum rods; Anita, lured by a friend, then drugged and sold to a brothel at age 12, where she was beaten and threatened with being buried alive; Maili, trafficked at age 19 along with her infant daughter who was seized and used as "insurance" to keep Maili from fleeing; and Jyoti, sold at age 12, raped, choked and forced to drink alcohol to break down her resistance (70 minutes).

Recommended Reading

Terrify No More Book

Terrify No More
by Gary Haugen
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 7, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0849918383

Good News About Injustice

Good News about Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World
by Gary Haugen
Publisher: InterVarsity Press (April, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0830822240

Just Courage

Just Courage: God's Great Expedition for the Restless Christian
by Gary Haugen
Publisher: IVP Books (July 2008)
ISBN-10: 083083494X

Just Courage

Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade--and How We Can Fight It
by David Batstone
Publisher: IHarperOne (October 12, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0061998834

The Road of Lost Innocence

The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine
by Somaly Mam
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; Reprint edition (July 28, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0385526229

The Natashas

The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade
by Victor Malarek
Publisher: Arcade Publishing (September 12, 2005)
ISBN-10: 1559707798

Disposable People

Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy
by Kevin Bales
Publisher: University of California Press; 2nd edition (November 16, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0520243846

Understanding Global Slavery

Understanding Global Slavery
by Kevin Bales
Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (November 7, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0520245075

Prostitution Trafficking and Traumatic Stress

Prostitution, Trafficking and Traumatic Stress
by Melissa Farley PhD
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 29, 2004)
ISBN-10: 083083494X

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“ You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.” Psalm 10:17-18