Restore NYC Freedom Gala

Slavery still exists in the world, and it also exists here in the United States.

It's a bitter reality that most people do not want to face and even less want to stand up and change. But that is slowly changing. Nicholas Kristof recently highlighted an article in Texas Monthly's most recent issue about women who are forced into prostitution and are trafficked all around the country. There are organizations like Nomi Network, Love 146, and Not For Sale are also standing up to raise awareness and end slavery.

Restore NYC is also an organization that is in the forefront of ending slavery. Their mission is "to provide holistic long-term aftercare services for international survivors of sex trafficking in the city."

They recently had a fundraising gala to build a safehouse and fund programs to help the survivors. An anonymous donor was willing to match up to $50,000 only if they were able to raise $50,000 that night. Before the night ended they raised $88,000 for a total of $138,000. It was an amazing night to see people come together to end slavery and help those who have been freed from it. You can follow @RestoreNYC on Twitter or go to their website to keep up with what Restore is doing and learn about how you can get involved.

Here are some photos from the night. You can find the rest of the photos from the gala here.

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