Enjen's mission is to end human trafficking
once and for all by fueling partner leaders in the field.
Why do we need this?
Human trafficking is a pervasive criminal act happening overseas and in our backyards every single day. The image of a girl being bound and abducted and forced into servitude may cross your mind. While this is an image of human trafficking, there are many other more subtle instances that you may be overlooking.
According to The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), as amended (22 U.S.C. § 7102), defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as:
• Sex trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; (and)
• Labor trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.*
Trafficking may look like a young girl with an older boyfriend who picks her up from school. It may be a mother or cousin selling her youngest to the neighbor in exchange for money to buy groceries. It may not look like much out of the ordinary, but it is. Every person deserves the right to live their life in safety.
How do we help?
Through a six month in-depth research study, we assessed the landscape of human trafficking in the US. We found that there are increasing numbers of trafficked people escaping the life and seeking refuge.
We also learned that there are many agencies doing exceptional work in the field of anti-trafficking, however the supply of aftercare resources does not currently meet the demand. Enjen exists to help balance the field.
We seek to build collaborative partnerships between and amongst those agencies that offer best-in-class services. This allows for a pool of precious resources to be shared, so that knowledge and funding is not isolated to one organization, but rather benefiting the group as a whole.
Through generous gifts from artisans across the country, we are able to sell all Enjen's products so that 100% of proceeds are given directly to our partner agencies. Your purchase from Enjen is helping fuel a future for survivors. If you are an agency interested in partnering with Enjen or an artist interested in donating art or services to benefit survivors, please contact us today!
My path was made clear after 12 years of hearing about the subject of human trafficking. I was raped when I was 25 years old and later in life experienced violence from a loved one. Being a survivor of trauma instilled a great sense of compassion and empathy for this population. I believe in education, inspiration, leadership and empowerment. I believe we can stop human trafficking. To do so, we must continue to make others aware of this pervasive issue hiding within our communities. An old saying says that the journey begins with the first step. Let me invite you to take several more steps into the fight against human trafficking.
- Janet Jensen, Founder & CEO
Starla the Elephant
Elephants, like dolphins, apes and humans, are known for their sheer intelligence. Their brains contain 257 billion neurons, which is nearly three times that of a human. Science shows that elephants can recognize their reflection in mirrors, suggesting their ability for self-awareness. They display human-like emotions of empathy, grief, humor and compassion. Elephants work as a team to make daily decisions and as the folk tale goes, an elephant never forgets. Starla represents the power and strength of the women we stand for. She, like so many women, stands alone, but also with her herd. She is a unique and captivating being, with a story all her own.