The Cycle of Freedom
The key to stopping the cycle of slavery is pursuing the cycle of freedom. Rescue, Restore, and Raise Up is our model of fighting slavery. When one victim is rescued they then can influence the world, thus creating a Cycle of Freedom.
CRI is not just an awareness campaign, but also an action movement, rescuing victims of human trafficking and at-risk children worldwide. Over the past few years, over 2,000 children and their families have been freed from the horrors of slavery.
This 3 year old boy (below) was forced to labor in a brick field in the scorching hot sun. His brother and he would load mud onto a heavy wheelbarrow. His hands were not able to reach around the handles. As he struggled to push the mud, he would often lose his grip and, nearly falling, would strain to pick the wheelbarrow back up.
But for this boy, CRI was able to negotiate his freedom and the freedom of several others. This is only one story of rescue, and the work does not stop there.
After being rescued, CRI transports the victims to safety. The rescued people are placed in safe homes, and provided with food and medical care. Not only are victims in need of physical restoration, but they are also recovering from deep emotional scars.
The restoration process starts on the day of the rescue. Children are moved to a safe location where they will attend school, and families are kept together and taught how to live as free people. Schooling is an important step in the restoration process, since many victims were born into slavery and have little to no education. CRI also trains up people who help with aftercare.
Education is vital to creating a slave-free world. CRI helped fund the construction of a large school in Asia for rescued children, and supports schools around the world that educate children coming out of human trafficking and child labor. These kids are the next generation of advocates for a slave free world!