BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The WMU Foundation recently made $3,500 in grants to The WellHouse in Birmingham, Ala., and Turlac Ministries in Moldova, two organizations that fight human trafficking and aid trafficking victims. The grants were made from the WMU Foundation’s Hayes Endowment, which was established by David and Judi Hayes to specifically address the needs of trafficking victims.
“Of all trafficking activities in the United States, 40 percent of it happens in the Southeast,” said Alexa Likis-James, development director at The WellHouse. “We provide rescue, shelter, help with getting identification, medical assistance, and more. We basically get victims back on the map.”
Oleg Turlac, founder of Turlac Ministries and graduate of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, identifies economic issues as a major factor in Moldova’s human trafficking crisis.