MISSSEY’s Year in Review

MISSSEY’s Year in Review

Greetings MISSSEY Community:

This is an exciting time at MISSSEY. In July, we celebrated our 10-year anniversary! Turning 10 is a meaningful accomplishment for a small grassroots non-profit that was started by four women with a vision to confront and transform the realities of commercial sex trafficking. This past year, we have accomplished a great deal in service of our mission.

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On September 21st, MISSSEY was awarded a $55,000 Impact 100 grant to launch a pilot tech training program for trafficked girls in partnership with AnnieCannons.

We enhanced our direct service work through fresh partnerships, new hires, and creative workshops. In addition we spread our wings to focus on prevention and training. We developed and delivered a 40-hour human trafficking curriculum and through our new partnership with Oakland Unified School District, began delivering prevention curriculum on campuses with girls. We’ve developed exciting new partnerships and secured important supports for critical programs including a grant from Impact 100 that will allow us to pilot a survivor-coding project with AnnieCannons.

Administratively, we’ve made huge strides in strengthening organizational practices, increasing training, and ensuring financial stability. In line with our commitment to staff development, we’ve promoted from the inside and have built a team of strong and highly committed women. We also moved! Our new location is amazing and we are working diligently to create a fresh, cozy, loving space for our young people. Thanks to the generous donations from numerous MISSSEY supporters, we have the ability to fill the house with color, art, and beauty.

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MISSSEY’s new home: a charming Victorian in Old Oakland.

All of these successes have been realized through    survivors’ willingness to trust and work with us, the committed support from our community of allies, the hard work of MISSSEY staff, and the focused leadership of our Executive Director, Holly Joshi. Holly Joshi came to MISSSEY last year with years of experience and commitment to the anti-trafficking community. She has exhibited vision, leadership, and a tireless work ethic. We are truly appreciative of her service to MISSSEY.

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Holly Joshi, MISSSEY’s new Senior Advisor.

Holly will be transitioning out of her role as Executive Director at MISSSEY in order to pursue the next stage of her journey. She is joining a national training team at the National Criminal Justice Training Center where she will focus on developing and delivering trafficking curriculum to communities across the country. In addition, she was accepted into and recently started a doctorate program at St. Mary’s College of California and will begin her doctoral research focused on improving outcomes for sex trafficked girls. She will remain a member of the movement for girls and will continue to work with MISSSEY in a part time capacity as a Senior Advisor. We are excited for her next steps and grateful for her continued partnership.

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Aisha Mays, MD, MISSSEY’s new Interim Executive Director and former Board President.

Dr. Aisha Mays, MISSSEY’s Board President will step in as Interim Executive Director. Dr. Mays is a physician with expertise and specialization in serving marginalized and trafficked youth. She is a subject matter expert in the medical field and has been a strong advocate for girls in the anti-trafficking movement for years. She has been a supporter of MISSSEY for a decade and has served on the MISSSEY Board of Directors for 3 years. Dr. Mays is also the Director of Adolescent Health Initiatives at Roots Community Health Center. Last week, she ushered in the opening of the Roots Adolescent Health Clinic at Dream Catcher Youth Shelter. Dr. Mays’ leadership experience is extensive and we are confident in her ability to continue the amazing work at MISSSEY. She will focus on strengthening MISSSEY’s partnerships and increasing our ability to deliver a comprehensive wraparound service care model in conjunction with Dream Catcher and Roots. Her work in this role highlights the next phase of expansion and growth for MISSSEY.

At MISSSEY, we remain intensely committed to our mission and look forward to continuing to support young people for years to come.

With appreciation,
The MISSSEY Board of Directors

Our move has finally happened, but you can still help us celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary! Your donation will keep our momentum going and ensure our continued work to empower commercially sexually exploited girls in our community.

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