Monday, June 16, 2008 launches!

I'm home from Cambodia, and home now in Santa Cruz! I felt so blessed to be able to spend the weekend with my parents, celebrating my amazing dad for Father's Day!

A NFS staff summit in Half Moon Bay gave me the perfect opportunity to get some time at home. So many incredible things are happening with the campaign! I left our meeting (9-5 at Peete's coffee without a single break!) so excited to be a part of this movement.

A huge PR firm in Minneapolis, Martin Williams, has taken us on pro-bono a pitched a huge PR strategy for us. I'll post updates as it takes form. I was floored by their creative genius!

I just got off a conference call with the team at a start-up that wants to partner with us to launch a tv ad campaign. Again, more details to come, but I think this could be big :)

And last, but by no means least, we are finally launching tomorrow to our constituency! This is a project I began working on shortly after I came on board with NFS, and I'm elated to see our vision finally come to fruition. I think this will be a monumental resource for engaging our constituency. Not only can the public view a collective database of trafficking incidents, but they can share research they conduct on slavery incidents to the map. There's also an embed function at the top of each incident, so you can post the map anywhere on the web.

Check it out, I'd love your thoughts and feedback!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


We made it safely to Bangkok! My dear friends Morgan and Lauren accompanied me here to visit an amazing organization called NightLight. It's a huge organization that pulls women out of the red light district and brings them into a thriving Christian community where they are employed making jewelry. Yesterday we toured the buildings, met with the designer, and picked out some new designs for NFS to offer. This morning we went back to join the morning worship service with about 75 of the women, and picked up the new jewelry pieces we'll be offering! Now we're off for a boatride down the Chaophraya and then lunch at the Oriental. This city is HUGE and such a culture shock coming from Cambodia! I'll post more stories from there soon... I'm still saying hello and thank you in Cambodian, and getting some crazy looks! I'm trying to adjust! =)