The purpose of JOY International® is to be involved in, or help to coordinate, the rescue, restoration, reintegration, and prevention of the commercial sexual exploitation of children domestically and internationally.
We actively work with like-minded organizations in the relevant geographic locations to rescue women and children from the commercial sex trade, freeing them from a life of slavery and bondage. We partner with the police, task forces, prosecutors and NGOs to find and rescue captive children throughout the world and bring their captors to justice.
With your help, we have empowered the rescue of over 2,000 children and young women from this horrific life.
JOY is committed to seeing those freed from the sex industry healed emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically. We partner with safe houses and rehabilitation professionals to ensure the safety and care for these precious women and children as they walk the road of healing.
JOY International has very high standards for the restoration homes we send trafficking survivors to, and only an approved list of homes around the world receive the “JOY Safe Haven Seal of Approval”.
These homes must meet the six healing criteria that JOY has set in place, having structures and programs that provide for the physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, educational and vocational healing of each survivor. Each of these homes provides for these critical needs through counseling, school education for minors and specialized career training for adults. Our goal is to see each child and adult who survives the trafficking industry to be able to fully support themselves as adults, being equipped to provide for themselves and their families through legitimate jobs. We believe that adequately equipping survivors with necessary education and training to support themselves can help end the cycle of poverty that drives trafficking.
Our goal is to see each child and adult who survives the trafficking industry to be fully reintegrated back into their community and when possible, restored to their families. Reintegration can only take place when complete healing in safe homes happens first. Our safe homes work to educate and train survivors in relevant schooling and job placement courses, preparing them to integrate back into society as healthy, educated and trained adults when the time comes. Reintegration into families will only happen if the families can prove that they are willing and able to provide for the ongoing safety and care of the child, maintaining consistent contact with social workers to ensure the child’s well-being.
JOY also sponsors a number of young women’s continuing education costs, providing them an opportunity to go to university. We believe that adequately equipping survivors with necessary education and training to support themselves can help end the cycle of poverty that drives trafficking.
Demand, poverty and lack of education are three of the driving forces behind the sexual exploitation of children around the world. We strive to educate vulnerable people groups about human trafficking by providing them with relevant information on trafficker’s schemes, as well as by providing food, clothing and shoes to help ease the burden of poverty on families around the world. The ultimate form of Prevention is the arrest, prosecution, conviction and imprisonment of the perpetrators, which includes the brothel owner, pimp or pedophile. This is why our Tactical Operations Police Trainings are so invaluable.
We also believe that trafficking can be prevented through education. Dr. Jeff and JOY International staff members travel all over the world to speak about trafficking, how to recognize it when you see it, and what you can do to help prevent it. If you would like Dr. Jeff or a JOY Staff member to share at your school or event, please contact us!