Agape International Missions (AIM) announces it’s official expansion into the United States with aftercare program training.
AIM has fought sex trafficking with projects in Cambodia since 2006. Now, licensed psychologist, Dr. Becca Johnson, has stepped in as Director of US Aftercare, a new position within the international organization.
Dr. Johnson will be ushering AIM into a new phase of US aftercare training with the first US project in Sacramento, California. This project will be a collaboration between City of Refuge/Rahab’s House Sac, Koinonia Foster Homes/Safe Families, Agape International Missions (AIM), and the local church to provide sustainable aftercare for victims.
Over the last three years, law enforcement has rescued over two hundred minor victims of in the Sacramento area. This need cannot be met with the unsustainably high cost of residential aftercare. The collaboration’s goal is to provide the highest quality aftercare to the greatest number of rescued victims of sex trafficking. This will be achieved through a partnership whereby church families will be recruited to open their homes to a rescued victim, the family will be qualified by Koinonia/Safe Families, the Assessment of families and victims will be detailed by City of Refuge, and Training and Equipping of receiving families will be provided by Agape International Missions’ Dr. Becca Johnson.
Dr. Becca Johnson has provided counseling and evaluation services as a licensed psychologist for 20 years. Her training and consulting in the area of human trafficking therapies has taken her all over the world including India, Kenya, Guatemala, Korea, Australia and, most notably for AIM, Cambodia.
Her relationship with AIM began in 2006 when Dr. Johnson gave a seminar in Cambodia. She was approached by Agape International Missions to help develop a counseling program for Agape Restoration Center (ARC), an aftercare facility for young girls rescued from sex trafficking. Her training for AIM’s counseling staff has shaped their successful, existing therapies.
“I have worked with and been exposed to various anti-trafficking organizations in the US and around the world. I consider AIM to be one of the best,” says Dr. Johnson. “They seek to meet the holistic needs of everyone they touch. They demonstrate genuine, unconditional love and acceptance. They are making a difference and not limiting God, guided by the Holy Spirit.”
She and husband of 25 years, Lloyd, were missionaries to Chile and New Zealand for many years. Their four kids lived with them on the mission field where they served the nation’s children. They currently reside in Washington state.
Dr. Johnson says, “My goal is the help the hurting heal with God’s hope. In recent year’s God has used me to help the helper’s heal.”