Norwich Christian prepares to fight trafficking

Sarah GoringAs 2013 begins a Norwich Christian is getting ready to put her legal training, passion and skills into action to make a positive difference to victims of sex trafficking in the Philippines.

In March Sarah Goring will embark on a volunteer legal fellowship in Pampanga, Philippines with the Christian human rights organisation International Justice Mission (IJM).  Sarah, who will then be a newly qualified solicitor, will spend the year assisting the cases of victims of child sex trafficking.   
 
Sarah, 26, a member of St Stephen’s Church Norwich, is currently a trainee solicitor with Howes Percival Solicitors.  She has long held a passion to work to stop human trafficking in South East Asia, where she has volunteered on various projects over the past four years. 
 
Sarah’s faith has played a huge part in her motivation to work in the field of human trafficking.  She said: “No person is going to be able to stop this problem.  It’s so vast that without God working in it and caring about it, it would be impossible.  But actually knowing that anything is possible makes a massive difference.”
 
The human rights agency, IJM, works to identify and rescue those enslaved, to bring the perpetrators to justice, to provide victim aftercare and to work towards lasting legislative reform in the respective countries.   

Sarah will be providing legal research on issues pertaining to criminal cases and assisting with the casework.  Her legal fellowship is arranged for 12 months but Sarah has a one way ticket and is aiming to stay on beyond the year. 
 
She said: “If you are doing nothing then you feel hopeless, whereas if you are doing everything you can, it makes you not feel hopeless about it.”
 
The fellowship is unpaid so Sarah has to raise £10,000 to cover expenses such as airfare, visa fees, rent, health insurance, food and transport.   She is currently arranging various fundraising activities including a morning of talks and cake bakes at St Stephen’s Church on Sunday 27th January.   If you are interested in hearing more about the work Sarah will be involved in she will be selling cakes after the 10am and 11.30am services and will be around to answer any questions. 
 
This month Sarah spent an orientation week in Washington, where IJM are based, to enable her to meet future colleagues, prepare herself spiritually and get her ready for the kind of work and situations she will be facing.
 
While Sarah is eager to use her skills to make a difference in the lives of women and children who have been enslaved, she is naturally daunted by the shocking situations that she will be forced to confront. 
 
She said: “I think being there and having to deal with all the real stories and situations is going to be very challenging.  While I’m prepared for that and have prayed through it, I don’t think you ever really know how you will deal with it until you get there.” 
 
Sarah has indicated that she would be incredibly grateful for any sponsorship contributions either by monthly installments or a one off donation.   To arrange this please get in touch with Sarah at sarah.goring2@gmail.com or download her Sponsorship Letter by clicking this link which includes her bank account details.   
 
You can also receive updates of her time and work out in Pampanga by emailing her at sarah.goring2@gmail.com.

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