Our mission is Prevention through Education and Hope for Restoration
Thank you for visiting Release Me International (RMI). Many Americans believe that child sex trafficking is a tragedy that only happens in far away places like India or Africa. Unfortunately, the shocking reality is that forced, child prostitution is happening in this state, this county, and in our backyard.
Release Me is committed to raising awareness about child sex trafficking through community education. RMI's goal is to give communities and their children the tools they need to avoid exploitation and recruitment into sex trafficking and connect those that have been trafficked with resources to help restore them.
RMI is the recipient of the 2014 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA). Over the past 4 years RMI has trained over 2,000 people. As a result of our prevention training 4 teens have been identified and rescued. To learn more about RMI click on RMI Newsletter, "FBI Honor for Suffolk Woman" in the Suffolk News-Herald.
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The Norfolk Division honors Ms. Chandra Moyer, founder of Release Me International (RMI), for her dedication to the furtherance of crime prevention and education.
RMI was inspired by Ms. Moyer’s work in Uganda, where she learned firsthand about the devastating effects of human trafficking. She worked with former child soldiers who were rescued from the Lord’s Resistance Army. As an ordained minister, Chandra worked in collaborative partnership with a non-governmental organization to help war-affected youth overcome emotional trauma.
RMI’s mission is to create awareness and prevent child exploitation and sex trafficking through the education of youth, school administrators, health care professionals, and law enforcement. During the last two years, RMI successfully helped educate more than 1,000 individuals in the Norfolk area alone. In addition, Chandra’s partnerships with non-governmental organizations have had an impact on victims in Tanzania, the Philippines, and Uganda.
RMI also maintains a robust website for outreach regarding child sex trafficking. The website offers resources for prevention, awareness, and victim services and provides real-world victim examples that are used as educational tools.
This year, Release Me International joined advocacy groups, prosecutors, and law enforcement in the Kids Are Not For Sale in Virginia Coalition, advocating for a sex trafficking standalone bill, that was recently PASSED! Click here to view the press release.
Deirdre Norton's Slidely by Slidely Slideshow