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Founder of Survivor’s Ink Jennifer Kempton

This past week was marked by the passing of human trafficking survivor turned advocate, Jennifer Kempton.  Her death at 35, apparently the result of a drug overdose, highlights one of the many problems a survivor can carry forward for the rest of their lives.  

The organization she left behind, Survivor's Ink, among other services provides cover-up tattoos for women who were physically marked through abuse or branding during their time in bondage.  Removing the visual reminder of a violent past is liberating, and can help to move a victim into recovery. Though she is gone, she has left behind a legacy that will endure, not only in her organization, but in countless others that she inspired others to form.  Please visit their site to learn more and make a donation.  Also, the family has started a crowdfunding campaign for funeral expenses.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a beautiful soul, Jennifer Kempton, founder of Survivors Ink (SI). Our hearts are broken. We have lost an amazing person whose work, passion, and inspiration made the world a better place.

Although Jennifer is no longer here beside us in the fight against human trafficking, we seek  to honor her work and legacy. We will continue to work in God’s name and in Jennifer’s memory to empower survivors to break their chains of bondage. She would expect nothing less of us. 

The two main missions of Survivor’s Ink are to connect survivors to resources and to cover the marks of ownership and violence given to them by their traffickers. Every life touched by SI is in honor of Jennifer and the way she inspired us all to make a difference. And with each life we touch, we hope to find healing for the pain of losing her.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Jennifer's family and many friends in this incredibly difficult time. 

 

Founder & Director / Inspirational Speaker / Educational Instructor / Abolitionist / Advocate

Jennifer Kempton is a survivor of human trafficking who uses her experience to promote awareness and advocate for social change.  During her horrific time on the streets she was branded and sold by her abusers. After obtaining her freedom, these marks became constant reminders of her abuse until she was given a gift of a tattoo cover-up.  The liberation she experienced through covering her brands inspired her to found Survivor’s Ink.   

Survivor’s Ink

Formed in 2014 under the umbrella organization Art for Abolition and later Gracehaven, Survivor’s Ink has quickly grown into a full-service organization receiving global attention. 

Civic Awards:

  • 2016 Liberator Award: Organization of the Year
  • 2016 Role Model Difference Maker Award - Jennifer Kempton

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After establishing an independent 501c3 in August of 2015, Survivor’s Ink expanded its mission and offerings.  In addition to providing cover-up tattoos (sometimes referred to as de-branding tattoos), the organization conducts street outreach weekly, passing out hygiene bags, coats, clothing, and blankets to victims of human trafficking. Survivor's Ink also provides follow-up care and advocacy to our survivors, ensuring their long-term stability and success by connecting them with the resources they need.

 Jennifer has also been a cornerstone in awareness events and campaigns by sharing her story along with her firsthand knowledge of the tactics and psychology of the human trafficking industry.  Some of the events at which she has been a key player include:

  • Unlocking the Chains
  • Concept Freedom
  • Break Every Chain Conference
  • Reynoldsburg Break Every Chain
  • End Slavery, Cincinnati
  • Eyes Wide Open
  • Fit for Freedom 5K
  • Transforming Scars into Art

Through Jennifer’s excellent networking skills, Survivor’s Ink has secured many partnerships and garnered support from organizations across the country including:

  • Girls with Attitude / Hazels House of Hope
  • CATCH Court
  • Woman’s Life
  • Crossroads TV Church

Jennifer’s dedication, perseverance, vision, and drive transformed Survivor’s Ink from dream into a highly engaged and successful reality. Her ability to inspire and activate volunteers and donors has paved the way for the organization’s success, while her natural leadership and networking skills will ensure future sustainability.

Ivanka Holds Talk On Human Trafficking

Love them or hate them, the Trump family has shown a passion to fight against pedophilia and human trafficking.  As the First Daughter and White House counselor, Ivanka Trump is continuing to push forward in this administration's fight by holding a roundtable discussion on the topic.

By Megan Trimble, Associate Editor, Social Media | May 19, 2017, at 3:07 p.m.

https://youtu.be/aso35J9aozQ

Ivanka Trump's prominent role and voice within her father's White House was again evident this week.

While President Donald Trump was away to deliver a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, his oldest daughter hosted a bipartisan group of lawmakers, advocacy groups focused on combating human trafficking, and trafficking victims for a Wednesday roundtable on the issue at the White House.

"Combating human trafficking and modern slavery is both a moral and strategic interest domestically and abroad," she said while discussing the administration's efforts to fight trafficking.

The discussion was a follow-up to a February meeting on the issue, according to a White House spokeswoman. That session reportedly was organized by the first daughter, and back then, President Trump said he would bring the "full force and weight" of the U.S. government to the fight against trafficking.

On Wednesday, Ivanka Trump, who holds the title of White House counselor, said there was a 35 percent increase in cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2016 from the year before. More than 8,000 cases were reported last year, she said.

 

Members of Congress at the session included House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as well as Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

Trump said "Combating Trafficking and Child Protection Week" is slated for next week in Congress, and lawmakers are expected to put forward multiple pieces of legislation addressing the issue.