We believe that every girl deserves a life of love, opportunity, family, and a hopeful future. We believe that every girl deserves to dance in freedom. Through a peaceful home nestled in the hills of Honduras, weʼre providing holistic restoration for innocent and forgotten young girls who have been trafficked and sexually exploited.
Education and skill training prepare the young girls in our home for the future, while an atmosphere of creativity and an active pursuit of the arts is encouraged. A complete detox process, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, healthy eating and sleeping patterns, and exercise are all a part of the physical healing for the young girls in our home. Through therapy sessions, celebration of growth, and faith, our focus is to turn rejection into family, shame into self worth, abuse into healing, and captivity into freedom.
Below is an interview with the founder Jeremy Springer.
How was She Dances formed and how did you get involved?
She Dances started as movement to raise awareness. I was in a band at the time, so I created a t-shirt that said “She Dances” on it and during our show I would talk to the audience about the issue of human trafficking in our world today and how I believed that every girl should be free, free to dance. I would then sell the shirt and put the money back into raising more awareness and would send it to different organizations that were on the front lines. I was a wonderful season and a lot of people were impacted, but it came to a point where I was ready to do more than just raise awareness, I wanted to take action. So that’s when I began pursuing the project in Honduras and making She Dances an official organization.
What is the meaning and purpose of the name She Dances?
I was in Costa Mesa, California volunteering at an event called “One Voice to End Slavery” where I met a young woman who at one point in her life was trafficked and sexually exploited. She was at the event as a speaker and was sharing her inspiring story of rescue, freedom, and hope. It was wonderful to meet her, but something happened that day that I’ll never forgot. I looked over from the booth I was working at, and out of the corner of my eye I saw this young woman, this same young woman who at one point had no freedom and was held captive was now spinning around, and around, and around, right next to me. She was dancing. I thought to myself in that moment, “That’s how it’s supposed to be, every girl deserves to dance in freedom”. Soon after birthed the vision of She Dances.
What are some of the training/skills that you teach the girls in your home?
All of our girls in our home are under the age of 18, and with everything they’ve been through are even much younger emotionally and socially. They are children at heart. So a big part of our focus is giving them their childhood back that was so wrongfully taken from them. The way we do this is through providing an environment to be creative. They paint, draw, color, sew, play dress up, sing, and of course dance. So as far as skill training goes, that’s something that each girl has a goal to work up to one day as they grow. The love learning how to cook, and that’s something very practical that they’ve never been taught and all of our girls in our home receive an education.
What do you believe is the most effective way to spread awareness about Human Trafficking?
Passion. One person who has passion to speak up about this issue in our world today can do more than 1,000 people with no passion. I also believe that people want something real, as in, not too slick. The public gets bombarded every day with a lot of good things to hear about/get involved with. In order to make an impact and have their ear, I believe we have to approach it with a real, honest, passionate and loving attitude.
Can you give any words of encouragement or direction for people wanting to get into this line of work?
I always like to encourage people with reminding them that you can’t do everything. As much as we would like to, we can only do one thing at a time well and can only be in one place at a time. Where is it that you are called? What is it that you are called to? Once you know this, go and do, and do it well. If we all play our role and do it well, then a lot will get accomplished. When I remind myself of that, it allows me to breathe and remember to have fun. Working in this line can get heavy, because it’s a heavy issue, so I love to focus on the positive, that young girls are receiving restoration and freedom all over the world because of the great move that is happening with people in regards to this issue. Proclaiming freedom and bringing hope is fun.