Macon – Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David Cooke announced Wednesday that his office is donating $100,000 to support Gigi’s House, a shelter providing rehabilitative services to sex trafficking victims.
Since opening in May 2018, Gigi’s House has served 33 girls in its 18-month program. Girls aged 13-19 are eligible for the non-profit organization’s assistance. Most clients are referred by law enforcement or the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.
“Trafficking victims typically have experienced multiple traumas, both from the crimes they have suffered and often from circumstances that made them vulnerable to traffickers to begin with,” Cooke said. “Gigi’s House equips these girls and young women with the tools they need not just to survive, but to thrive. I’m so happy to ensure these services are available to victims from all over Georgia.”
The Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office’s donation, along with a donation from the Clayton Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, will support not just the ongoing mission of the facility, but also expanding capacity from 10 bedrooms to 50.
“Gigi’s House fills a void to provide needed services to juvenile victims of the horrors of sex trafficking,” said Clayton Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson. “It provides a loving and safe environment for these girls to heal.”
Gigi’s House Founder and CEO Sabrina Crawford said the center provides trauma-informed group and individual therapy while also helping get girls back on track academically. A learning coach helps them complete an online homeschool curriculum. GED assistance is provided. Girls also are taught life skills ranging from cooking and laundry to resume writing and job interview tips.
In addition to providing safe housing to protect victims from their traffickers, Gigi’s House provides transportation and support when its residents are called to testify in court.
The center is open to sex trafficking victims from across Georgia.
“This is such a wonderful blessing for our girls at Gigi’s House. We cannot do all that we do without people like David Cooke, Tracy Lawson and the generosity of those who walk alongside of us as we continue to provide for those in need,” Crawford said. “It is truly amazing to witness God’s blessing with each one of the girls. We have truly seen the difference it is making in their lives.
“For the first time, they feel loved and have self-worth and know they have a future that they never thought was possible,” Crawford said. “I am extremely grateful for the generosity of the Bibb County District Attorney’s office and the Clayton County District Attorney’s office. They are truly making a difference in the lives of those in need.”
Visit www.gigishouseatl.org to donate to Gigi’s House or call 470-372-8050.
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