ABOUT HOPE FOR THE SOLD
Hope for the Sold is an abolitionist organization that fights sexual exploitation “one word at a time” through writing, speaking, and film. After learning about human trafficking at Catalyst Conference in Georgia in 2006, Jay and Michelle Brock founded Hope for the Sold in an effort to bring awareness in Canada and abroad.
Their first project was a short educational film on trafficking in Canada, which has been used to educate students, train border service officers, and give information to service providers. In 2013 Hope for the Sold released a feature length international documentary on prostitution and sex trafficking called Red Light Green Light, and toured it across 97 North American cities. The tour included screenings in universities, churches, community centres, government agencies, and the Canadian Parliament.
In 2014, Hope for the Sold was requested to testify before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights about national prostitution legislation. The work of Hope for the Sold has been covered by CNN, CBC, CTV, WDCX and various local TV and radio networks across Canada and the U.S.
Find out more about Hope for the Sold’s current projects here.
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Michelle Brock was Born in Kenya, and raised in Finland and Ethiopia. As a third culture kid whose parents travelled a lot, she often struggled with the idea of national identity and still considers the airport her home! This upbringing greatly influenced her decision to study international development and political science in university.
In addition to blogging at hopeforthesold.com, Michelle has written for Huffington Post, Converge, and Relevant Magazine, and has spoken about social justice at various conferences, universities, and churches in Canada and the U.S.
Jay Brock was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and is the happy husband of Michelle. Together they’ve travelled, worked and volunteered in over 40 countries. Jay is a passionate storyteller and recently wrote his first published book, which was inspired by a moment in Amsterdam’s red light district while filming Red Light Green Light. He regularly speaks on social justice, simple living, calling and various other topics. Jay’s writing has appeared in Huffington Post, Esquire, Thought Catalog and Relevant Magazine.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I donate to Hope for the Sold?
Hope for the Sold is a registered charity under the umbrella of International Teams, and all donations over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt.
Donations go directly to Hope for the Sold, but tax receipts are given under the charitable number of International Teams (12659 9919 RR0001). American donations are processed separately but are still eligible for tax receipts. For more information on Canadian and American donations, check out the invest page.
What does Hope for the Sold do?
We believe in the power of words. This drives us to create compelling resources to spread awareness, connect leaders, and inspire hope and action. Subscribe to our blog to receive regular updates, check out our film trailer, and learn more about current projects.
Does Hope for the Sold rescue victims or provide aftercare?
No. We are writers and story tellers, and have decided focus on raising awareness with excellence. However, there are other great organizations that are involved in rescue and/or aftercare. Here are some you should check out:
What can I do? Does HFTS have volunteer or employment opportunities?
You can bring awareness to your local community by hosting a screening of Red Light Green Light.
We are also looking for volunteers that can help with graphic design and animation. If you have skills in one of these areas and would be willing to offer your time, please let us know!
Can a Hope for the Sold representative come to an event I am hosting?
We are based out of the Golden Horseshoe (Ontario) and can easily travel within the Greater Toronto Area, but are open to events beyond as well. Please contact us with what you have in mind.