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Awakening our Humanity

There’s a modern day slavery – that we can end.

Bringing a Voice to Those Trying to be Silenced!

I was shocked to learn what’s going on in our own backyard, here in New York City. An issue we thought was abolished…yet walks by us each and every day.

There is good news, though. 

We all have so much more power than we think. Simply one small step taken today can bring help to someone being trafficked tomorrow right here, in the Big Apple.

Because here’s the truth, that can be so hard to hear at first.

While we imagine human trafficking is only in developing nations … it’s a massive issue in NYC, from the local nail salon to a brightly lit, expensive hotel on a lovely Manhattan night.

In fact, New York ranks for 2nd in human trafficking in all the USA.

98% of sex trafficking victims worldwide are female. An estimated 403,000 people are being trafficked in the United States. New York City is a gateway and one of the largest destinations for trafficked women in the country. Right now in every borough, women are being forced into prostitution.

– Restore NYC

This information is startling and can make you feel helpless. But that’s the beautiful part. Awareness alone makes you powerful.

By being here, reading this right now, you are already Superhero status powerful.

We’ll show you why.

Ready to be the next Marvel character – and accept your role as a real life hero?

(That’s not to be cinema cheesy…it’s simply true.)

There’s no better feeling…or karma. Then stepping up for those who could be your sister, 7th grade crush, or little cousin on your mom’s side. And remember, Peter Parker was no more special than you. Here’s all it takes to help.

Here’s what your role as a
Real Life Super Hero
in New York looks like!

Educate yourself and everyone around you!

There may be trafficked people in your home or work building right now. She might be at Sephora, or buying a coffee right next to you….and no one has any idea that she is being trafficked.

Whether you’re a:
• Hotel or motel
• Corporation
• Hair, nail and makeup salon – after all, that’s where they’re taken to be “prettied”
• OR Any other business

The signs are so subtle, almost no one would notice. Thankfully, with the right training, you, your family, friends and colleagues will know how to take action.

Because your tribe is filled with good people – the type who want to do what’s right.

If you were in your lobby and saw a woman being dragged, stepping in would be no
question. With human trafficking? The signs, sadly, tend to be so much less noticeable than any physical harm.

That’s why we partner with to host a short, 1-day training. Contact us and we’ll share how to make it happen.

About me, the human behind the nonprofit

I’m Dr. Veronica Ruelas and live in New York City. I’ve been an optometrist for 20 years, running a nonprofit for 10 of those years. I love this city, from Central Park to Manhattan and back—and I was shocked to discover trafficking wasn’t just something horrifying common in the missions I served on abroad in 3rd world countries. Trafficking is right here, under our noses in New York. That’s why I’m doing everything I can to raise awareness and make a difference for humans that deserve freedom, same as you and me.

Our dream is for all women and girls to be free and stand strong together.

ThirdEyeVision Foundation, Inc. (“TEV”) has expanded its activities to include an anti-racist education initiative. This initiative is intended to eliminate prejudice and discrimination by helping people acknowledge and address their racist or discriminatory actions. This education initiative is interactive, and involves participants discussing their prior aggressions, learning about diversity, social wellbeing and anti-bias actions, and seeking to cultivate a culture of forgiveness. This work grew out of TEV’s programs aimed at combating modern day slavery and human trafficking, as both are focused on recognizing the dignity of all humans. TEV has been conducting this new program in small groups, but is looking to expand it into a full program that could be brought to environments that are particular sources of bias and prejudice, including schools and jails. TEV is also working to develop an app with this educational content so that this program can be available to the public.

ThirdEyeVision Foundation is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. ThirdEyeVision Foundation’s federal identification number (EIN) is 45-2899003.