Mukti Gathers Fighters for Freedom

Mukti Gathers Fighters for Freedom
Katie Garner from Heritage Capital Group competes for a winning auction big to support survivors of human trafficking at Rethreaded’s annual Mukti Freedom Gala.

Rethreaded hosted more than 500 community members and business leaders at its 13th Annual Mukti Freedom Gala, presented by UPS, at The Glass Factory in Jacksonville on Feb. 24. This year’s event theme was “Flourish,” and it featured a champagne welcome, photo booth, hors-d’oeuvres, dinner, shopping, silent and live auctions, entertainment, music and a meaningful story from a local survivor of human trafficking.

Mukti means “freedom” in Bengali, and the Mukti Freedom Gala is the largest annual fundraiser for Rethreaded. This popular community event raises a significant portion of the nonprofit’s annual revenue, helping them provide employment, career development and supportive services for local survivors of human trafficking.

“We are tremendously grateful to everyone who participated in making this year’s Mukti Freedom Gala such an impactful event,” said Rethreaded’s Founder and CEO Kristin Keen. “Thanks to the generosity of our Jacksonville community, volunteers, sponsors, and donors, our Survivor Development Program will help even more survivors of human trafficking to flourish in the year ahead.”

Without support like a stable job, 85% of survivors of human trafficking will likely be trafficked again. Rethreaded was founded nearly 13 years ago by Keen and has employed 85 survivors locally, contributed to the support of over 4,000 women globally, and collaborated with over 349 companies.

Photos from the event are available to purchase here.

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