Alumna on a mission to stop sex trafficking

Posted August 08, 2013

As part of a mission trip to help protect women from sex trafficking, ACU alumna Abby Youngblood is traveling to Nepal at the end of August. To raise money for her trip, Youngblood hosted a yard sale and raised more than $5,000. Youngblood says this trip is her way of giving back, and also part of a bigger long-term goal.

"There are hundreds of young women trafficked from rural Nepali villages and brought down through the India-Nepal border into Indian brothels," says Youngblood. "I've been passionate for many years about working with women that have been sexually exploited and am excited to go over and be part of this for several months.” She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from ACU.

“The ACU School of Social Work is beyond excited to witness Abby's dedication to live out her faith through social justice efforts at the international level,” says Rachel Slaymaker, assistant professor and director of field education in the Department of Social Work. “Walking alongside those who are oppressed while advocating for social justice and human rights is a core value within the social work profession, and we are proud to continue to support her in any way possible."

Youngblood conducted her master’s field practicum at Eternal Threads, a nonprofit founded by ACU alumna Linda Egle, which provides women with a skill set, empowering them with a means of survival outside sex trafficking. Youngblood is now the nonprofit’s communication coordinator and Nepal is one of the countries supported by Eternal Threads.

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