Jewish Journal

Unlikely Heroes

by Joy Bennett

September 25, 2013 | 8:46 am

General view of Unlikely Heroes Justice Ball, Los Angeles, CA September 24, 2013, photo by Joy Bennett

Last night I was invited to the Justice Ball at Boulevard3 on Sunset Boulevard to benefit the international anti-human trafficking organization Unlikely Heroes.  This important organization rescues and restores child victims of sex slavery worldwide.  I was thrilled to attend this glamorous ball, it was well-attended and in a lovely setting with fountains, fireplaces, and lots of gorgeous folks all dressed to impress.  For the shot above, I jumped up on the seat of the stone surrounding the pool.  Unfortunately, my glasses fell into the pool shortly thereafter!  No worries, I fished them out, but when I asked for a napkin, I discovered it was a napkin free zone!  I wiped my hands on my skirt, recovered, and kept going.

There are over 27 million people trapped in slavery worldwide, according to Unlikely Heroes founder Erica Greve.  You can watch a very important video about Unlikely Heroes featuring Ms. Greve, President and Founder of Unlikely Heroes.  This woman started the organization when she was working as a social worker in Oakland, California and realized there was no organizations to help these unfortunate victims of child sexual abuse.  Here's the video:  vimeo.com/48671489.  For more information or to support this very worthy non-profit, visit www.unlikelyheroes.com.

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Joy Bennett lives in Santa Monica, California and is the author of Under a Quarter Moon, a poetry and short story collection; and a novel called Cruise.  She has also been...

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