How do you stop abuse before it starts?
Raíz is a United States registered 501c3 non-profit organization that believes in empowering local communities in the Dominican Republic. Our long-term goal is to help communities become self-sustaining and thriving with healthy families and individuals. Raíz seeks to treat the root causes of problems and find long-lasting solutions to the growing problems that this country is facing.
We believe that education and compassion are the best weapons against the cycles of poverty and abuse. Human trafficking in the Dominican Republic is the third largest international crime enterprise in the Caribbean, generating 9.5 billion U.S. dollars annually ¹. Human rights organization International Justice Mission reported that one out of every 45 people involved in commercial sex is a minor being sexually exploited ². A 2022 study found that some of the primary causes of trafficking were family networks, domestic servitude, inequality, and a lack of information and education ³. The statistics are overwhelming, but we are striving to prevent abuse before children fall into harm. We believe that we can address this heartbreaking reality by empowering the local communities and helping them become deeply rooted in love and unity.
Having a resource center will help to expand our reach, provide a safe space, and create opportunities for those who are hurting. Raíz wants to build a place where anyone is welcome. A classroom, a lighthouse, and a home. We ask that you please consider donating to help this cause. We are so grateful for any and all support.
Thank you very much!