Justice and Soul empowers trafficked and at-risk young women and men to become confident and self-sufficient individuals through professional training in cosmetology.
Employing our expertise in the beauty industry, we provide hope and restoration through vocational training in cosmetology (hair, makeup, nails and skin care).
With these new skills and increased self confidence, survivors will be able to earn a sustainable living to keep them from returning to trafficking for survival.
- At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor and bonded labor.
- About 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade.
- 54% of trafficking victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.
- Teach the fundamentals of cosmetology (hair, skin, nails and makeup), business, team building, and independent living for at-risk youth and traffic survivors.
- Build student esteem and confidence.
- Help students learn life skills outside of work.
- Create career paths and secure employment for students upon graduation.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
In 2014, we established a first-class, Western-style salon and academy. It is staffed by Western-trained stylists who are primarily from the United States. In addition, we rely on volunteer guest artists from developed countries to come and spend 4-12 weeks with us.
The pricing model for services has been set to attract wealthy Cambodian clients, along with expatriates, tourists, and NGO (non-profit) workers. Revenue from the salon goes towards supporting the academy with the intention of creating a self-sustaining operation.
Students are selected from partnering NGOs (non-profits) for our custom-designed two-year program. Student tuition is provided through scholarships from the salon revenue. Each participant is also paid a livable wage (plus shared tips) while they study so they can begin to experience financial independence.
Ultimately, graduating students will move into stylist roles in our salon, other high-end salons (both Western and Cambodian), or open their own salons. Those graduating students that join our salon team will have the opportunity to become instructors as well.
In the U.S., our programs pave the way for people to not only leave their former life but to do so free from potential stigma. They enter training in the salon world as anyone else might, learning not only the proper skills, but also with the emotional and financial coping tools to succeed. We plan to open a Seattle Salon and Academy in late 2022.
WE HAVE WORKED TO
- Establish a scholarship fund for rescued teens and young adults looking for vocational opportunities in cosmetology.
- Create partnerships with safe and compassionate salons. These salons will provide a nurturing environment and ongoing opportunities for aspiring stylists to gain a full cosmetology education.
- Partner with local nonprofits to provide support, vocational development, and inspiration for the young men and women in transition.
- Create a pay-it-forward factor for graduates to participate in local and international outreach with the Justice and Soul Foundation.