Hope for Survivors
Talitha Koum Coffee Roasters acts as a bridge between recovery and a flourishing life for survivors of human trafficking.
Coming out of recovery, it takes many survivors 7 attempts to fully break ties with their past and step into new life. Due to many factors, such as criminal records, trauma, lack of education and opportunities, survivors must actively fight to reclaim what they’ve lost. It takes an incredible amount of resilience for survivors of human trafficking to regain their lives.
TK Coffee Roasters honors that fight and we are committed to being a space where survivors can find vocational training, employment opportunities, and a community to walk with them into a more hopeful future.
What does it look like at TK Coffee?
TK Coffee hires survivors who are in a recovery program and getting counseling and support they need. We know that healing is a journey and that employment and professional skills are only one aspect of their lives. We take a holistic approach, the health and wellness of the women we hire are paramount.
We are not a recovery program, we are a roasting company with training opportunities specifically designed for survivors to find success. We teach and foster skills that empower our employees to create individual freedom. We increasingly add on responsibility, with survivors in all aspects of the business: roasting beans, shipping, etc. Our goal is to give two years of training, support, and employment, then support them as they transition into bigger, better jobs in the community.
What is Human Trafficking?
The United States Justice Department defines human trafficking as a crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex. It is a human rights violation also known as modern slavery or trafficking in persons.
Why Should I Care?
A common misconception in the United States is that human trafficking happens in faraway places. The brutal reality is that trafficking affects almost every city, in every state in North America. This is a local issue.
According to the International Labour Organization, there are an estimated 40.3 million people living in modern slavery worldwide. While there is no official number of human trafficking victims in the USA, estimates place it in the hundreds of thousands. Women and children make up the majority of those affected, however, anyone can be a victim regardless of gender, race, or age.
What are we not?
We are not a nonprofit. We are a for-profit company that believes it is the responsibility of every person and every company to choose to use their privilege to build others up and support those who need it in the local community.
We are NOT an emergency shelter or crisis house. If you need Emergency Services please call the National Hotline Number: 1-888-373-7888 or text “BEFREE” or “HELP” to 233733.
What Can I Do?
Support our business and buy our coffee. Get involved. Seek out nonprofits in your area and learn how you can support them.