Help Prevent Sex Trafficking in the Dominican Republic

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Help Prevent Sex Trafficking in the Dominican Republic

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Thanksgiving is coming up and Daraius and I are very grateful that we are healthy, have wonderful families and all the things we really need.

Other people around the world aren’t as lucky as we are.  Traveling shows us just how good we have it in the US.

Many children and women in the Dominican Republic may be forced into prostitution and human trafficking.

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CODR Helps Prevent Sex Trafficking And You Can Too!

The Orientation and Development House, or Casa de Orientación y Desarrollo Real (CODR)

The Orientation and Development House, or Casa de Orientación y Desarrollo Real (CODR) was created to shelter and educate at-risk women to keep them off of the streets.

It is a US based 501(c) (3) charity, which means that you may get a tax deduction for donations.

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit this organization on my recent trip to the Dominican Republic.

CODR’s mission is to overcome the barriers to university education for folks from poor backgrounds.

Because the Dominican Republic has been identified as a source and destination country for human trafficking, CODR focuses on identifying at-risk females.

And trains young women with self-confidence and education – which are the best protection against exploitation.

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The Women at CODR Study Medicine, Engineering, and Business

CODR believes that access to a university education is the first step in providing equal opportunity to all students, yet access alone is not sufficient.  Once at university, students benefit from an enriched and supportive environment that encourages their education.

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Link:  Donate to CODR

It costs almost $300 a month for a woman to attend CODR which includes rent, transportation and food.  There are 13 women attending CODR, so the expenses are almost $4,000 per month.

Emily and I would like to raise money for the girls and will match all donations up to $2,000.  So you can literally “make me pay” by donating to CODR!

Don’t forget that all donations are tax deductible, and even a small donation of $10 or $20 makes a difference.

You can make a donation by going to the CODR website and clicking on “Donate.

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It’s Easy to Donate to the Women at CODR

Cultural Exchange Opportunities

CODR also offers the opportunity to donate your time.

You can spend a day volunteering at CODR like I did, or you can spend weeks or even months. You can learn Spanish, dancing, and how to cook Dominican food. And you can assist the organization by teaching English, participating in community service events, and more!

If you are interested in partnering with CODR for a cultural exchange experience, contact

The women at CODR are looking forward to your support!

– Daraius & Emily

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It was so good to read this! My main reason for getting miles is to visit our sons in Recife, Brazil who do this same thing there. They opened their first rescue home for girls and currently have 10 girls living in this home with house parents – its a very loving home environment. They’ve also opened a home for women wanting to leave the streets and prostitution. Their goal is a “village” with more homes for girls, women and boys. And, to start a business so they have someplace to employ the women. They have four working for them at their mission base now but don’t really have any more work (or funds) to pay them. This is a huge problem all over the world. Due to Brazil’s low legal age to prostitute, there are many who see it as a “family business” with grandmoms, moms and daughters on the streets together. My sons will tell you that most would rather be anywhere else doing anything else. In some cases children are sold into prostitution by their parents (some are even “pimped” by their fathers) and they’ve seen them as young as 6 on the streets. It breaks your heart! I know there any a lot of exotic places we can travel but I’m earning my miles to visit and help them as often as I can. Thank you for posting your experience – hopefully it will make more people aware of the high number of those trafficked around the world.

Is your matching fundraiser still in effect?

Million Mile Secrets

@Loan Nguyen – It is!

Roderick Renfrew

I am very familiar with the Dominican Republic, and I can tell you, having spent the bulk of my time in Santo Domingo working on a not closely related dissertation, that it is a very sad situation. These women are literally desperate. As a very sad story of how desperate, the last time I was there, a women came up to me on the street and when I was not interested in her services she actually grabbed me in you can guess where. It was embarrassing for me, and showed the depth of her desperation to make money. I think this is sounds like a great and much needed organization, and I wish the USAID organization would devote more funds to the DR.

What a great use of your reach/influence to inform others! A great post!

@Ryan- Thank you for your support!

@WellTraveledMile- Thanks, I just wish I could do more for these inspirational girls!

@Rachel- I hope you can make it! I had such a great time in just one day, and wish I could have spent months there.

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