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Coalition for Justice

CEO: Andrew VanAsselt City: Eugene, OR Phone: 541-520-3146 E-Mail:


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The Abolition Project
A project that has made an impact through many

The foundation of this company is Coalition For Justice (CFJ). The Abolition Project is a branch of CFJ to help build our knowledge on human trafficking as well as to reach out to the community by creating fashion shows to help fight against an issue thats prevalent in our world. It is important for CFJ to make an impact to make the world a better place. Even if its a small difference, its still a difference to them. Andrew VanAsselt, CEO and Founder of Coalition for Justice, has been working on several fashion shows to create effective media use by informing the public through his shows. Andrew finds local designers and students to put together a fashion show that help women whom have been victimized by human trafficking. -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Coalition for Justice was founded to bring awareness to human trafficking but also to bring the
community together and be apart of something that will make a difference in the future. Coalition for Justice believes that the first step to fighting injustice is having knowledge, and with that knowledge comes responsibility. Andrew believes that it is crucial and possible to have a career that you love and are passionate about. Andrew likes giving opportunity to students and other volunteers to gain experience from what they have learned, and to apply it to real life situations. The community can then come together and use the skills and passion that they have to fight against human trafficking.

Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is one of the worst crimes that have been investigated. In its worst manifestation, human trafficking is similar to modern-day slavery. Victims are kidnapped and are illegally transported into the US only to find their selves in the act of being trafficked. The victims are forced into prostitution, involuntary labor and other forms of servitude to repay debts. In many cases, the victims are found to be children where they are surrounded by an unfamiliar culture without identification documents, fearing for their lives.

Hope Ranch Ministries

The money that is raised will be donated to Hope Ranch Ministries. Hope Ranch Ministries is a faith-based fellowship committed to providing safety, healing, and hope for survivors of human trafficking and intensive sexual trauma. They endeavor to provide a voice for those that demand mute by the horror of sexual exploitation.

What is our Goal?

With the Abolition project, Andrew has a vision to inform the public the danger and horrific side to human trafficking. Andrew understands that he cannot fix the whole human trafficking situation, but can at least help one persons world. Andrew worked for the LEPD in Los Angeles where they focused on abuse and human trafficking. After seeing the victims at the Red Light District in Tijuana, Andrew couldnt help but to come back to the US and start his company.

Fashion Shows
The fashion shows have many different perspectives that come in to play. Andrew is the director and sets up a core team with at least eight people that can work efficiently together. Andrew takes control of those several workers and the local fashion designers that are willing to show their talent. The volunteers consist of a producer, a model manager, a backstage manager, a hospitality team, and other volunteers that help the company set up and run the fashion shows. With these volunteers come other volunteers that help with the head of each department. The producer helps Andrew on the day of the fashion show to ensure that the show goes smoothly in general. The model manager is in charge of choosing models that best represent the company and to make sure they are lined up correctly for each fashion designer. The backstage manager is in charge of double-checking the lineup of the models and to make sure they walk out on the runway at the right time. The hospitality team makes sure everyone is greeted and seated. The volunteers ensure that the whole team is communication effectively during the fashion shows as well as helping with extra activities and obstacles that pops up. With the help of these volunteers, the fashion shows are able to successfully express the impact that our community can make to end human trafficking. The first Abolition project was held on February of 2012. As 400 people waited in line to see the fashion show, 60 models were lined up, waiting for the audience to see the creativity of the young designers. After the successful fashion show, Andrew was asked to help with the NYC fashion week.

The Abolition Project

Andrew VanAsselt Trondheim, Norway 541-520-9516

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Awareness to Human Trafficking brings Fashion Show to Norway

Fashion Artist brings unique fashion show to Trondheim, Norway that will be held in April. Andrew VanAsselt, CEO and founder for Coalition for Justice, will be having a fashion show in Trondheim, Norway on April 19, 2014. The fashion show will raise awareness of human trafficking by featuring a fashion show, victims of human trafficking, an art gallery, music and informational videos. The fashion show will be held in the Kunsthall Trondheim auditorium. VanAsselt wants to bring awareness to human trafficking and to show people practical ways to fight this horrendous crime. His motive is to educate the public through fashion shows because he believes it is one of the most influential ways to bring attention from the media. VanAsselts passion for making a voice about human trafficking came from when he visited Tijuana and went to the Red Light District. The Red Light District is a block of women and children waiting to be sold. From there, VanAsselt decided to come back to the US and make a difference in the world by doing something that he loves; fashion. I may not be able to stop all the abuse in the world, but I can at least change one persons world VanAsselt says. VanAsselt grew up in Eugene and attended Churchill High School. In the fashion world, VanAsselt travels a lot and has recently helped out at the NYC Fashion Week.

Human Trafficking Facts

Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90. Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: Forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude, compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography, misleading victims into debt bondage. According to some estimates, approximately 80 percent of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19 percent involves labor exploitation. There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70 percent are female and half are children. The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12-to-14 years old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children. California harbors three of the FBIs 13 highest child sex trafficking areas on the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state in the US. 15 percent of those calls are from the Dallas Fort Worth area. Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year. Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries. The International Labor Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims (55 percent) compared to 9.5 million (45 percent) men.

Meet Andrew.

Andrew grew up in Eugene, OR. Hes 26 years old ready to fight against the evil that occurs in our daily life. Andrew is the CEO of the Coalition for Justice and Founder and director of the Abolition Project Fashion show that is committed to spreading awareness of human trafficking. Andrew loves giving opportunity to students and other volunteers to gain experience from what they have learned and apply it to real life situations. He strongly believes that chasing your dream and catching it is a complete possibility if you have enough passion. CFJ has helped Andrew travel the world (mostly to Norway) to share his beliefs and raise money for victims of human trafficking. Andrew understands that he cannot fix the whole human trafficking situation, but can at least help one persons world. Andrew worked for the LEPD in Los Angeles where they focused on abuse and human trafficking. After seeing the victims at the Red Light District in Tijuana, Andrew couldnt help but to come back to the US and start his company. Andrew started the business in Eugene, Ore. on Facebook selling five of his designs. He made a simple Facebook page and three days later, a friend from Norway called and sent Andrew to Norway to sell his clothes and create fashion shows. From the successful trip, he came back to the US where his business amplified in to the Abolition Project. Maybe one day I can be superman and save the world, but for now, Ill do whatever it takes to save one life.