Overcoming the Past. Daring to Dream.

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“I learned about myself, how to overcome difficulties, forgiveness and be a stronger person, as if I am a flower that has blossomed beautifully.” -Hanh, 16, survivor of sex trafficking   The room hummed with activity. Each woman, carefully handpicking pens and markers, putting ink to paper. A giggle. A sigh. A...

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When We Couldn’t Say No Anymore


by Amie Gosselin

We couldn’t say no anymore.

It was 2009. Hagar had been caring for women and girls in Cambodia for 15 years, time and experience maturing our approach to long-term care for victims of abuse.

But then the phone calls started.

The police at the station said, “I know you care...

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Living Life Beyond the Paycheck

 In May 2013, Shahrzad Mossanenzadeh, 25, left her home in Long Beach, California to take up a volunteer position as Visitor Coordinator with Hagar International in Phnom Penh. Shahrzad has a B.A in Anthropology from University of California Irvine.   How are you settling in Phnom Penh? I am doing well. I...

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Healing with Creativity: A Hagar Night of Yoga and Art

By Mandy Poon, Hagar Hong Kong volunteer On the evening of October 22nd, 55 guests arrived at The Space for an evening of vinyasa flow yoga with Claudia Whitney, May Nogoy, and DJ Jason Nogoy. A total of 75 guests joined after class for wine, canapés, a Hagar art show, and...

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The Unimaginable Wager; Risking It All for Freedom

A story about refugees in Cambodia by Michael Hirsch, Hagar Cambodia Refugee Project Manager This is impossible, but try: Imagine your country is wracked by civil war -- bombings, killings, missing persons, interrogations, imprisonments, displacement... Fear so palpable that you feel it in your empty gut, you see it in faces of children...

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10 Things I Learned about Human Trafficking

By Agnes Lam, Hagar Vietnam 1) Almost all the women and children victims we’ve encountered come from very broken families. Their family unit is not intact and often times extremely dysfunctional. For example, there are parents who have abused or sold their children and there are families suffering from debilitating...

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A Breakthrough for trafficking in persons – Shaima’s Story

Less than two years ago, 21 year-old Shaima was a teacher in one of Afghanistan’s largest cities. Over the next 18 months, she experienced the worst deception. The man who promised her the world raped her and gave her to his friends to rape as well. It was her cruel initiation...

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Safe and Dignified Work

For three years, Yin Phalik has trained and managed Hagar Cambodia clients at La Residence, a high end French restaurant in Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh. He has high expectations for his staff and wants them to succeed. Phalik’s connection to Hagar clients goes back to the days where...

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Hagar Breaks Barriers with Hogan Lovells

  On the evening of April 24th, over 100 guests attended Hogan Lovells’ annual Breaking Barriers Cocktail Party, which benefitted Hagar. Established in 2009, Breaking Barriers provides a networking platform for professional women and raises money for a different charity each year that focuses on women’s issues. The evening kicked off with...

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Protecting Women At Work

It was a normal day at Joma Bakery Café when I received a call from Hagar’s Career Counselor. “It’s happening on Wednesday,” she said. One of my employees had been fearing this day ever since rumours started circulating that her husband would be released from prison.  She had received numerous threats...

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