Endorsements

Endorsements & Awards

Endorsements

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“The opening of Courage House will provide young women with a sanctuary from predators who would take advantage of them, give them the resources to escape the streets and provide an atmosphere of compassion and support. I encourage others to replicate this model as we continue the fight to apprehend perpetrators of sex crimes, and help these vulnerable young women get off of the streets and out of harms’ way.”

—U.S. Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui

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“It is my privilege to play a part in combating the atrocity of human trafficking. The cycle that these young victims often find themselves in provides little hope for a normal existence. The collaborative efforts of law enforcement, prosecutors, and community-based organizations shed light on this crisis and seek justice for its victims. Courage House breaks the cycle and gives victims an opportunity for a future. They are an effective and indispensable partner in this fight.”

—Sheriff Scott R. Jones, Sacramento County, California

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“Jenny and her tireless team see the human being that has been brutally exploited, and set about to nourish her young soul back into health and possibility. They give a girl a chance to make the courageous choice to run away from her trafficker, because there will be a loving circle of arms to fall into.”

—Mira Sorvino, Academy Award Winning Actress & United Nations Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking

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“Many of us look at the atrocities of our world and say, ‘How horrible,’ but occasionally some brave soul says, ‘How can I help bring an end to this?’ Think of William Wilberforce, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Teresa. Jenny Williamson is such a brave soul, and Courage Worldwide is a long-overdue answer to the problem of human-trafficking. I am honored to be a friend and supporter of this tremendous ministry.”

—Dr. Rick Stedman, Former Senior Pastor, Adventure Christian Church

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“As a fellow abolitionist, it is my privilege to join hands with Jenny and Courage Worldwide. Many people do not realize that sex trafficking is happening in the United States. I’m honored to help shine a spotlight on the problem and give people a chance to be a part of the solution.”

—Natalie Grant, award-winning Christian recording artist

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“I am extremely excited to partner with Courage Worldwide to help raise awareness about the Courage House. We as a nation are guilty of thinking that human trafficking is only an issue in third world nations, but it’s not. It’s right here in our backyard. Courage House is a forerunner for the growing issue of domestic human trafficking and I am honored to partner with them in this fight.”

—Phillip LaRue, Christian recording artist

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“The rate of recidivism is exceptionally high relative to young victims of domestic sex trafficking. This return to the streets occurs because the girls often have nowhere else to go and were initially runaways from abusive situations. Courage House gives them hope, a place to recover and realize the true meaning of “home.” Courage House gives those of us in law enforcement hope for recovery of those we rescue and optimism they won’t return to life on the streets.”

—Retired Supervisory Special Agent Mike Rayfield, Violent Crimes Squad, FBI

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“Resources like Courage House have been the missing link in our efforts to successfully investigate and prosecute persons who prey on and profit from the sexual abuse of girls by prostituting them. Absent were places where we could take our victims to begin the process of healing from the abuse they endured. These girls need medical and psychological support, opportunities to continue with their education, and role models who can show them the many opportunities they have before them to lead healthy and productive lives. These girls need a place to feel safe. Courage House represents that safety and the hope they sorely need.”

—Judge Laurel White, Superior Court of California, Sacramento County, Former Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office

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“In working with the young, underage victims of sex trafficking in both delinquency and dependency, I have come to realize that they present difficult issues relative to placement, counseling, recidivism and education. In talking with Jenny the past couple of years regarding the creation of Courage House, it became clear to me that not only did she recognize the need for a place that met the needs of these young women, Jenny was also willing to include the community in shaping Courage House. As I explained to Jenny very early on, Courage House is sorely needed in our community as well as other communities dealing with the unique problem posed by these young victimized girls.”

—Judge Troy L. Nunley, Superior Court of California, Sacramento County

“The Juvenile Court welcomes the opening of Courage House. Sacramento County has the reputation of being at the crossroads of the child sex trafficking business, and yet had no home to care for its victims. The Juvenile Court is often faced with how best to rehabilitate a child who is both a victim of sex trafficking and yet, under the law, is also considered an offender by virtue of engaging in an act of prostitution. These children present a challenge in that they have complex therapeutic needs combined with a high flight risk. Incarceration, sending the child out of state or release back home, which routinely resulted in the child returning to the street, were the only options. Courage House is a unique and specially designed program for our victims. It offers a combination of a safe home, specialized treatment, education and training, and most important of all, the promise of a future free from the past. Courage House is truly an opportunity for these children to chart a new course and to find the courage to be the person they were meant to be. Congratulations to Jenny and the Courage House team of volunteers, and to the faith community that reached out and embraced a group of children whose needs go unseen under the cover of darkness.”

—Carol S. Chrisman, Referee of the Sacramento County Juvenile Court