Girls Education & Mentoring Services
Your Aura Cacia purchases fund our Positive Change Project and help women positively transform their lives through support of organizations like Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) in New York City.
GEMS helps girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking get out of the commercial sex industry. It's the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women in these situations and has helped hundreds of young women and girls exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential.
The organization was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been sexually exploited as a teenager and came to the U.S. as a missionary to work with women exiting prostitution. She saw the need for services for young women at risk for sexual exploitation who were being ignored by traditional social service agencies, and she committed to help them.
From her one-woman kitchen table project, GEMS has grown to be a nationally recognized and acclaimed organization. It's now one of the largest providers of services to commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked youth in the U.S., advocating at the local, state and national level for policies that support these young women.
This much-needed organization is changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth so these young women can reach their potential and enjoy future success.
GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change. Aura Cacia is proud to provide them with $50,000 in support of their work as part of the 2017 Positive Change Project donations.