Sun Gate Foundation

Sun Gate Foundation The Sun Gate Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities to survivors of human trafficking. Sun Gate Foundation, a 501 (c) (3), survivor led non-profit organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, is an independent organization addressing a critical gap in the human trafficking aftercare community by making a substantial commitment to survivors.
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Sun Gate Foundation relies on donations and grants to fund the educational opportunities provided to survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking in the United States. The ultimate goal is to equip these young girls, boys, women, and men with a solid foundation to confidently go after their dreams.

Operating as usual

We honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for breaking the glass ceiling and exemplifying leadership, determination and being...
09/19/2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

We honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for breaking the glass ceiling and exemplifying leadership, determination and being a champion in the fight against gender discrimination. Your legacy and work will be upheld by those for which you paved the way.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, Bader taught at Rutgers University Law

Happy Monday!
09/14/2020

Happy Monday!

Join the conversation tomorrow with two amazing survivor leaders. This will be great.
05/13/2020

Join the conversation tomorrow with two amazing survivor leaders. This will be great.

Join us tomorrow!

Survivor leaders Rebecca Bender and Bekah Charleston lead an important conversation—sharing their first-hand experiences, insights, and thoughts on the dangers of a fully legal sex trade.

Register for free at www.worldwithoutexploitation.org

*Space is limited

#freewebinar #endsextrafficking #believesurvivors

Happy Women's Day
03/08/2020

Happy Women's Day

From our Director:I have been in the anti-human trafficking movement for over 20 years. Today is a significant day in th...
02/14/2020

From our Director:

I have been in the anti-human trafficking movement for over 20 years. Today is a significant day in the movement to raise awareness about human trafficking. It’s the End It Movement.
#Fightforfreedom
#enditmovement❌

Join our CEO, Shamere McKenzie, at one of two human trafficking events in Maryland this Saturday. See flier for all the ...
02/07/2020

Join our CEO, Shamere McKenzie, at one of two human trafficking events in Maryland this Saturday. See flier for all the details on the first event starting at 10 am.

The second event is at 3 pm and is sponsored by the Stevensville Lighthouse Aglow International and the Eastern Shore Human Trafficking Task Force. This discussion will take place at the Kent Island Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville, MD beginning at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, February 8, 2020.

#humantraffickingawareness

On Tuesday, January 28th, our CEO, Shamere McKenzie,was recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Transportati...
01/30/2020

On Tuesday, January 28th, our CEO, Shamere McKenzie,was recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Transportation, Elaine Chao and spoke on a panel with the first lady of Georgia, Marty Kemp and the Attorney General of Utah, Shawn Reyes.

This was the Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking event put on by DOT in an effort to get 100 organizations to take a pledge in 100 days.

On Monday, our CEO, Shamere McKenzis spoke in Howard County, MD at the Human Trafficking Red Sand Awareness event. As th...
01/30/2020

On Monday, our CEO, Shamere McKenzis spoke in Howard County, MD at the Human Trafficking Red Sand Awareness event. As the Co-Chair of the Victim Services Committee for the Maryland State Human Trafficking Task Force, she encouraged members to do something for human trafficking awareness month and threw out the red sand idea. Andrea Nunez, took this information back to her County Executive which led to the event. Learn more about the Red Sand Project and see how you can do an event in your community at https://redsandproject.org/

Join our CEO, Shamere McKenzie, along with the Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation, Elaine L. Ch...
01/24/2020

Join our CEO, Shamere McKenzie, along with the Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation, Elaine L. Chao and other public and private transportation leaders for the USDOT "100 Pledges in 100 Days" event focused on combating human trafficking in the transportation sector.

The event will take place on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 11 am.

Email [email protected] to register.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m.

Address:
U.S. Department of Transportation
West Atrium Building
1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20590

01/23/2020
sharedhope.org

Shared Hope International launched it's Victim Offender Intersectionality Report today!!!

Check out the report and learn how to better serve victims of sex trafficking instead of labeling them as criminals!!!

The purpose of the report is to:

1. Improve identification of sex trafficking victim-offenders who have come intocontact with the criminal justice system at any stage of the process.

2. Enhance understanding of victim-offenders’ conduct through a sex trafficking- andtrauma-informed lens.

3. Identify alternative responses to victim-offenders that take into account the impactof their own victimization on their potential involvement in sex trafficking conduct.

https://sharedhope.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/SH_Responding-to-Sex-Trafficking-Victim-Offender-Intersectionality2020_FINAL.pdf

Our CEO, Shamere McKenzie, had the extreme honor of being invited by His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen the Governor Gener...
11/21/2019

Our CEO, Shamere McKenzie, had the extreme honor of being invited by His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen the Governor General of Jamaica to speak at the 2019 Youth Consulative Conference - I believe. Attached are pictures of her speaking with the Governor General and with the students at the conference in Jamaica.

Photo credit: Exodus Cry
11/15/2019

Photo credit: Exodus Cry

Join our board member KD Rouche today at the Greenwood library in Greenwood, IN as she promotes her new book titled Frag...
10/19/2019

Join our board member KD Rouche today at the Greenwood library in Greenwood, IN as she promotes her new book titled Fragments: a post-traumatic paradigm.

We will forever truly stand with survivors.  We oppose full decriminalization. #standwithsurvivors
10/12/2019

We will forever truly stand with survivors. We oppose full decriminalization. #standwithsurvivors

If you work with survivors, we are gathering survivor signatures to sign on to a letter to Presidential candidates about...
06/22/2019
An Open Letter to all Presidential Candidates

If you work with survivors, we are gathering survivor signatures to sign on to a letter to Presidential candidates about the debate around full decriminalization. If you feel inclined to read to learn, please feel free to gain some talking points and understanding but only looking for survivors with lived experience to sign on.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWrNyV_-4kwD4pGjNhSThbz_upQvcFvFZm2TtTJt9-pZXX7w/viewform

We are circulating this sign-on letter and inviting other survivors to read and sign on in support. We are collecting signatures between now and Wednesday, June 26, 5 pm EST. If you would like to to sign on, please provide your name and organization/affiliation if applicable below.

Yesterday, The Department of State released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report. Click on the link tonsee how countri...
06/21/2019
2019 Trafficking in Persons Report - United States Department of State

Yesterday, The Department of State released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report. Click on the link tonsee how countries are doing.

http://ow.ly/TB2X30oZ0n0

2019 Trafficking in Persons Report The 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report is available in PDF and HTML formats. The PDF is available as a complete one-piece file and as individual sections for easier download. To view the PDF files, you will need to download, at no cost, the Adobe Acrobat Reader. To...

If you were afforded the opportunity to "pick the brain" or consult with a survivor of human trafficking, what questions...
06/07/2019

If you were afforded the opportunity to "pick the brain" or consult with a survivor of human trafficking, what questions would you have for him/her?

CONGRATS TO T ORTIZ ON GRADUATING MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY. Tiora Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, is a Professional Orator, Human...
05/24/2019

CONGRATS TO T ORTIZ ON GRADUATING MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY.

Tiora Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, is a Professional Orator, Human Rights Activist, and Motivational Personality. T is a leading force in advocating for the civil and social rights of all people, with a previous expertise in highlighting the intersectionality between the child welfare system and domestic human trafficking. Learn more about T at http://talkwitht.com/

We are still accepting applications for the fall 2019 semester. Please email scholarships@sun-gate.org for an applicatio...
05/17/2019

We are still accepting applications for the fall 2019 semester. Please email [email protected] for an application. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2019.

In 2012 when the US Department of Transportation got an Executive Order to take action against human trafficking, our CE...
05/16/2019

In 2012 when the US Department of Transportation got an Executive Order to take action against human trafficking, our CEO, Shamere McKenzie, was one of the experts invited to advise on what that can look like.

She was invited back to the US Department of Transportation to provide remarks again today alongside the exceptionally talented Ima Matul.

Since she met with DOT in 2012 they have:

1. Trained all 55,000 employees
2. Established an Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking
3. Funded available counter-trafficking activities
And a few other list of things.

Pictured with

A. Executives from Department of Transportation, ACHT members and Survivors

B. With David Short, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Aviation and International Affairs for Department of Transportation

Our CEO,Shamere McKenzie, wants to make sure things like digital currency do not give traffickers another path to exploi...
05/09/2019
Cracking down on crime in the digital world

Our CEO,Shamere McKenzie, wants to make sure things like digital currency do not give traffickers another path to exploitation.

http://ow.ly/QkIM30oGtak

Digital currencies are gaining traction for those looking to exchange money online without a middle-man. But some lawmakers and advocates want to ensure the cash-less currency does not become a cover for crime.

Rotary International and Jones Day Law Firm partnered together today and held the National Human Trafficking Summit. Our...
05/07/2019

Rotary International and Jones Day Law Firm partnered together today and held the National Human Trafficking Summit. Our CEO, Shamere McKenzie presented as well as representatives from Apple, Delta, UPS, Walmart, Marriot International, NGO's, Judges and government officials.

Our CEO, Shamere McKenzie and our Board of Director @k.d.roche reprented on a panel on Saturday for a fundraiser for @tr...
05/06/2019

Our CEO, Shamere McKenzie and our Board of Director @k.d.roche reprented on a panel on Saturday for a fundraiser for @traffickfree. Survivor leaders leading and paving the way for those to come.

Our CEO, Shamere McKenzie, and Sun Gate Scholar and Doctoral Candidate, Kate Price, at Shared Hope's policy meeting. Let...
05/01/2019

Our CEO, Shamere McKenzie, and Sun Gate Scholar and Doctoral Candidate, Kate Price, at Shared Hope's policy meeting. Let's count down with her to July 24, 2019 at 1 PM when she will graduate and become Dr. Kate Price.

We are extremely honored to serve Kate over the years who made it extremely easy as she maintained a 4.0 average throughout her PhD program. #success #education

#facts
04/30/2019

#facts

04/25/2019
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Join our CEO, Shamere McKenzie, tonight at 7 PM at The Brooklyn Tabernacle for a panel discussion on human trafficking.

http://ow.ly/SaXu30owY3I

Documentary “Groomed,”  is set for its East Coast premiere on Thursday, April 26th at the Richmond International Film & ...
04/24/2019
Virginia Beach actor to screen award-winning sex trafficking film at festival

Documentary “Groomed,” is set for its East Coast premiere on Thursday, April 26th at the Richmond International Film & Music Festival at Byrd Theatre starting at 9:15 p.m.

This documentary came to life with the help of survivor leader and founder of Identifiable Me, Tany Gould-Street.

http://ow.ly/moAW30owdg5

Hampton Roads-inspired dramatic film, “Groomed,” will be shown at the Richmond International Film & Music Festival.

Our Board Chairman, Mark Tatum at Board Match event in Washington, DC.
04/23/2019

Our Board Chairman, Mark Tatum at Board Match event in Washington, DC.

04/23/2019
“Human trafficking is my issue. What is your issue? What are you doing about it?’ said McKenzie. Our CEO, Shamere McKenz...
04/19/2019
Human trafficking survivor tells her story in Elkton

“Human trafficking is my issue. What is your issue? What are you doing about it?’ said McKenzie.

Our CEO, Shamere McKenzie, shares her story and urges the audience to take action.

http://ow.ly/KduE30otXmY

ELKTON — Human traffickers seek out teenage girls and young women who are vulnerable — and that’s what Shamere McKenzie was some 14 years ago.

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2019 scholarships.
04/15/2019

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2019 scholarships.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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(571) 403-1495

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