OUR COMMUNITY [news]
LA Yogis Rescue and
Rehabilitate Child Victims
of Sex Slavery.
BY JULIE BUCKNER
North Hollywood-based anti-human trafficking organization Unlikely Heroes is on a global mission. Operating programs on the
ground in the Philippines, Thailand, and Mexico, Unlikely Heroes
rescues, restores, and rehabilitates child victims of sex slavery.
Unlikely Heroes works in these high-risk areas to rescue kids and
give them back their lives by providing safe housing, medical care, nutrition, education, therapy, and life skills. The group
also raises funds for awareness and prevention campaigns, and has
trained teams in seven countries to support their rescue efforts.
Unlikely Heroes is named after a collective group of people across
the world who refuse to leave 27 million people trapped in sex
slavery. The name Unlikely Heroes also refers to children who
have been and are about to be rescued.
Founder Erica Greve and Strategic Outreach Director Ben Decker
are both dedicated yoga practitioners committed to social justice. “To us, these rescued kids are the heroes,” they say.
Erica has dedicated her life to seeing to it that the lives of at-risk
children are protected and improved worldwide. She has a Master’s degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Ben was raised
in a spiritual household. He is a former Hollywood publicist and
socialite, but now is committed to living his dharma: encouraging people to broaden their consciousness. “We all have a role to
play in abolishing modern-day slavery,” says Ben.
On Sunday February 16, two girls, sick and emaciated, were rescued by an Unlikely Heroes team, including a previously rescued
teen named Apple. The two girls are now receiving medical care
and living with Apple at Unlikely Heroes’ Hope Home in the Philippines. While attending an Unlikely Heroes fundraising event at
Guru’s Gate in Manhattan Beach that night, yogis Erica and Ben
received word that the girls were brought to safety; an example that
the groups’ efforts are making a profound impact on the lives of
these trafficked teenagers.
“These rescued kids are so inspirational. They are powerful survivors
who dream of making a real difference in the world,” says Erica.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES AND HOW YOU CAN
SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS, VISIT UNLIKELYHEROES.COM
By Julie Buckner, the Owner/CEO of In Yoga Center. Inyogacenter.com
PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
ERICA GREVE AND THE GIRLS A T THE HOPE HOME IN THE
PHILIPPINES. BEN DECKER AND ANNALYNNE MCCORD AT THE
UNLIKELY HEROES RECOGNIZING HEROES AWARDS GALA.
PETRA MURGATROYD FROM ABC’S DANCING WITH THE STARS
SUPPOR TS UNLIKEL Y HEROES.