Welcome to our Website

 

I hope you find it informative and worthwhile.  I am very proud to be part of a team of such talented, professional and dedicated women working to advocate for and help victims of human trafficking and domestic violence in our community.  We hope you check our website for upcoming events, view photos of our accomplishments and activities, and lend us your support. 

 

Thank you for visiting,

Jaleh Moslehi

 

Jaleh Moslehi, P.E.

Chair

Learn about our Projects

The Center supports the development of projects that improve women's lives, not only locally but beyond our shores. Ambitious yes, but not out of the realm of possibilities. At a time when the mass media here and in other parts of the world desires women to focus on individual improvements to feel empowered, our goals are to  work collectively to improve women's conditions beyond the physical and individual imprint, with a specific focus on the prevention of domestic violence and human trafficking. 
 

Get Involved

The Center supplies opportunities for you to:

  • Volunteer

  • Provide Funds

  • Ask for Help​

The Center Makes a Difference

Over the past few months, the Center for Improving Women's Lives has provided important services to the women and girls in our community. We have: 

  • Created and delivered two Financial Literacy Workshops to the previously-incarcerated clients of the Friends of Guest House. The presentations covered alternative banking options to avoid pay day lenders and others who charge high fees; how to maintain and rebuild good credit; and how to plan and save. 

  • Donated $440 in gift cards, baby clothes and toys to teen survivors of gang-related sexual exploitation and trafficking under the auspices of Trauma and Hope, a treatment program located in Springfield, VA

  • Collected items worth about $5000 - including household goods, pots and pans, cleaning supplies, paper goods, pillows, etc. from the community - and donated them to Shelter House, a new shelter for victims of domestic violence, located in southern Fairfax County, VA

 

Check out our other projects to see how YOU can get involved.

In the News

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

NFL At 100: the shadow of domestic violence over league

The NFL got tougher on players charged with domestic violence after mishandling Ray Rice’s case five years ago.

Still, some don’t think the league is tough enough considering a disturbing wave of incidents since Rice’s domestic abuse case motivated the league to institute new discipline policies and implement initiatives to aid victims, educate players and raise awareness. 

REPORT: Invisible Man Plot Details Say Film Will Tackle Domestic Violence

Per the website, the film will focus on Moss' Cecilia Kass, a woman "trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist." Kass manages to finally leave behind her controlling partner in the dead of the night with the assistance of her sister and their childhood friend, as well as his daughter. At some point after leaving him, Kass' abusive ex takes his own life and "leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune," resulting in her believing his death is nothing more than a hoax. It is at this point that the film begins to focus on the titular character. A series of "lethal" coincidences lead Kass to unravel as she is forced to come to terms with the fact that she's being "hunted by someone nobody can see."

We’re doing a terrible job of trying to understand women who leave sexually abusive relationships

When you ask most people to describe what they think of as “domestic violence” the answers will probably involve kicking, punching or screaming. But many of those involved in controlling relationships are also victims of sexual abuse.

Despite the government keeping domestic violence funding and sexual violence funding generally separate, there’s a very blurry line between the two. The statistics are certainly similar – roughly one in four women experiences domestic violence, while around one in five women will encounter sexual violence in adulthood – and it would be naive to assume these are never the same women.

Opinion | Domestic violence is a problem, and we must address it

Domestic violence, has no age, no gender, no race. It is the ultimate betrayal, as the one you romantically love, returns your love with violence. The United Nations released a report showing 50,000 women per year are killed by domestic violence worldwide. In some countries, domestic violence is even looked upon as justifiable. With acts such as honor killings on the rise in other countries, domestic violence is still a problem in America and it’s time for people to speak up for those who are forcibly silenced.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Baltimore Human Trafficking Shelter Sets National Goal

The Samaritan Women, a leading provider of therapeutic residential care to victims of domestic sex trafficking, has plans to train and equip 29 agencies over the next five years, in order to significantly improve the United States’ response to victim needs.  The Samaritan Women Institute for Shelter Care has identified 17 states that have no shelter program dedicated to victims of exploitation, and nine states have only one shelter program. Lack of housing remains the No. 1 problem reported by law enforcement and front line victim service agencies, and community-based or private fundraising efforts remain the primary source of funding, according to Jeanne Allert, founder and executive director of The Samaritan Women...The Samaritan Women is actively seeking funding to accelerate its national vision, which is estimated to have a price tag of $4.2 million over five years.

How to identify a human trafficking victim

Would you know how to spot a human trafficking victim? While each victim is different, there are some common characteristics seen by law enforcement when interacting with them. If you see any of these red flags, do not share your concerns with the possible victim or approach any suspected human trafficker. Call police instead.

Human-Trafficking Expert Urges US Congress to Regulate Crypto Miners

Cryptocurrencies are helping to facilitate human trafficking, and thus should be regulated far more heavily than at present, an expert witness will tell a U.S. Senate subcommittee today. In written testimony, David Murray, vice president for product development and services at Financial Integrity Network, recommended that Congress create a new class of regulated financial institutions known as “virtual asset transaction validators,” i.e. crypto miners...“The lack of systemwide financial crimes compliance (FCC) governance for some existing cryptocurrencies allows criminals space to operate and makes it difficult for the United States to isolate rogue service providers from the U.S. financial system,” he said.

Delta donates over 100 flights to human trafficking survivors, $1.5M to hotline

Delta is on board with helping to end modern-day slavery. "I couldn't let him get off that plane without… someone of authority taking a second look, making sure this child was safe," Sadie, a Delta Air Lines flight attendant, who identified a child victim of human trafficking and alerted authorities, shared in a video. "Once you understand that you have the ability, therefore the responsibility, to stop human trafficking… you take it everywhere."

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National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1.888.373.7888 or BeFree Textline: 233733

Text "HELP" OR "INFO"

MAKE THE CALL  24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline: 703.360.7273

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233

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