Slavery still exists today; so many children in America and across the world are held in bondage, but rather than physical chains many are instead chained by fear, shame, and depression. Many Americans are still unaware that this is the case, but we are thankful that those who do know about it are willing to do something about it. These people, these modern-day abolitionists, are standing arm in arm with us in the fight against child sex trafficking.
Each month we highlight one of our supporters and fellow abolitionists and give them thanks for helping us in the fight. This month, we wish to single out James Kilberg, who has been a dedicated supporter our work for years. We asked him to tell us a bit about himself and why he choose to donate to us these past few years, here’s what he said:
I've always had a soft spot of children. 25 years ago, I had a good friend who was a District Attorney and was known for his coming to the aid of abused children - those children that slip through the cracks of society, or that society is unwilling to acknowledge. At that time I pursued an idea to develop a Big Brother/Big Sister program for the abused, but for insurance reasons I couldn't accomplish this task. For many years, the character of our giving (for both me and my wife) was about our colleges, arts organizations, our religious affiliation and the like. However, several years ago, after my wife heard New York Times writer Nicholas Kristolf talk about his passions in areas of women's and children's rights, after which we both read his book "Half the Sky". This book changed our giving priorities forever. Half the Sky opened our eyes up to many of the sad atrocities throughout the world, but at the same time we both found it incredibly uplifting. Of course, one of the charities that Mr. Kristolf wrote about was ECPAT-USA, and we found the work of your charity extremely worthy. As a result, we hope to be donors for many years.
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