The Freedom Collaborative brings together international anti-trafficking groups

An Associate Director of Social Work at AIM has been invited to join the Freedom Collaborative’s Advisory Community, an international group working to share resources to fight trafficking!

Photo for illustrative purposes; Daden not pictured.

Daden Rath has been an associate director of social worker with AIM since 2019, but her work with trafficking victims and vulnerable populations started years before then. First as a counselor for trafficking victims and child abuse cases, then in a support role for survivor empowerment and reintegration, Daden had extensive experience before attending law school. There she received her degree and worked as a legal aid to survivors of trafficking. In addition, she received her Master’s degree in private law and is pursuing her Master’s in social work. Daden has traveled the world to share about anti-trafficking initiatives in Cambodia! 

I have a passion for social justice and my desire is to see trafficking victims receive holistic care to start a new life and thrive. While survivors are in our care and in their most vulnerable state, I want to see them be empowered using a strengths-based approach through the work of our social work staff.

Because of this extensive experience, Daden was asked to serve on the Freedom Collaborative Advisory Community. This group is dedicated to supporting professionals and advocates to overcome the challenges involved in protecting vulnerable populations and pursuing prosecution and accountability. Hosted online, the community shares knowledge, experience, and practical advice in regards to the fight against trafficking. 

I am excited about this opportunity because I get to contribute my voice on behalf of trafficking victims in Cambodia on a global platform aimed to end human trafficking.

We are so proud of Daden for the voice she will be in this realm, not only as an advocate for survivors of trafficking, but as a conduit of Christ’s love. At the age of 14, Daden gave her life to Christ. She remembers her mom reading scripture to her every night as a child. Through her mother’s example and her love, she began to understand God’s love and goodness. 

My faith in Jesus has shaped my desire to dedicate my life to serving others. I love the verse Micah 6:8 that says “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” This verse has guided me in my life and profession, inspiring me to continue to be an advocate for victims and seek justice for them.

As a part of the advisory community, Daden will continue to work at AIM, supporting the social workers and program leaders across our programs to ensure the best client services are provided! Thank you, Daden, for your work and your heart for justice! 

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