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Branding Tattoo Removal

Human Trafficking Branding 

Human traffickers use multiple tactics to execute control over their victims. One such way is by forcing or coercing their victims into getting tattooed to signify that they belong to that trafficker.

 

 Even when free from their trafficker, these tattoos are a constant reminder of the trauma survivors experienced and can often hinder employment and their ability to rebuild their lives. We believe branding tattoo removal is an essential part of a survivor's healing and recovery process. 

How We Are Helping

Project iRISE is working with local tattoo removal specialist to offer free branding removal services for survivors of human trafficking. By removing tattoos that have been forced on by a trafficker, we help empower victims by removing or covering their markings and brandings that are constant reminders of a traumatic past.

GoFundMe Campaign

We assembled an impressive team to help with our very first fundraiser — a GoFundMe to raise $10,000 to pay for branding tattoo removal for 20 survivors of human trafficking. ⁣⁣

Each of our iRISE Ambassadors committed to raising $500 each to cover the cost of one survivor to remove her branding tattoo and continue in her healing journey.⁣⁣

With the community's overwhelming support, including our iRISE Ambassadors, agencies, advocates, and public figures, we surpassed our goal to raise $11,430 to support survivors of human trafficking.
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What Survivors Are Saying

"To be able to look at my body again and see that horrific reminder gone and feel that my body is my own again is going to be the most exciting day of my life. Thank you for helping me recover from this."

 

— iRISE Client

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Project iRISE branding tattoo removal services:

  • Your tattoo must be associated with trafficking or received during a time of exploitation.

  • You must be a survivor of human trafficking- meaning you were employed within the sex industry due to force, fraud, coercion.

  • You should be involved in a recovery process, addiction treatment, or rehabilitation program for at least one year and provide a referral letter from that agency.

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