2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
Michelle Korth accepts the award on behalf of Restore Innocence.
The Denver Division honors Restore Innocence, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help victims of child trafficking by meeting the physical and emotional needs of the young victims. Accepting the award on behalf of the organization is Michelle Korth.
Restore Innocence interacts with schools, colleges, churches, and various independent groups to share information about human trafficking. The organization operates the Restoration Bag program, which works in partnership with FBI victim specialists to provide bags filled with new clothes, hygiene products, and snacks to rescued victims. Members of the community assist by gathering items and helping to assemble the bags. Restoration bags are a tremendous source of support to human trafficking victims, who often have to turn over their clothes as evidence.
Restore Innocence also offers a mentor program and runs a transitional home called The Cinderella House. At The Cinderella House, recovering victims learn how to transition to independent living through counseling, education, acquiring job skills, entering college, or undertaking a trade program.
Restore Innocence continues to grow and work with FBI victim specialists nationwide. The organization hopes to further its work with law enforcement in every state, as well as to develop local chapters nationwide that will fill, sort, and distribute restoration bags to help child victims of human trafficking.