By Holly Austin Smith — From her column Speaking Out in the Washington Times Communities
RICHMOND, VA, January 8, 2013 — Meet Josh and Andrea Bailey, founders of The Gray Haven Project (TGHP), an organization which serves victims of human trafficking and other forms of exploitation in central Virginia. TGHP has grown over the past year, and the Baileys have become inspirational leaders not only for their community but for a generation.
Josh and Andrea actively engage with younger audiences through social media and events in order to spread awareness about human trafficking. TGHP joined the VANS Warped Tour in 2011, and again in 2012, as a way to promote prevention among teenagers. Matt Greiner, drummer for the band August Burns Red, endorsed TGHP in this fundraiser video.
The Baileys also engage with area businesses and organizations in order to raise awareness about human trafficking and to coordinate local, effective services for Virginia-based survivors. As a survivor of child sex trafficking, I am proud to partner with Gray Haven and I urge you, my fellow community members, to join them as well.