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As a doctoral student in clinical psychology, I am interested in working with victims of trauma and am interested in cross-cultural aspects of treatment. I have the amazing opportunity to go with a group of counseling and clinical psychologists to Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos in May of 2013 on a trip sponsored by Indiana State University and Destiny Rescue, to work with rescued children in the sex trafficking trade, learn the ins and outs of the sex trafficking market, and gain critical skills to work with South Asian populations.

Many Cambodian, Thai, and other girls across the globe sold into the sex trafficking system in their own country or across borders and into the United States, where they undergo torture and abuse and have their freedom and dignity stolen from them. Unfortunately, there is little awareness of this international issue to this day, with far too few advocates and trained psychologists involved in the fight against sex trafficking.

I am in graduate school and funds are tight, but considering the skills I will gain from this unique opportunity, I know I have to go! So I have forumalated a plot: Run the Carmel Half Marathon on April 20, 2013, and raise funds and awareness for this widespread international issue and the help meet the need for advocates and the support of trained professionals. 

Please help me in my endeavor to work with sex trafficking victims and become an informed advocate for victims in the United States and abroad. I am aiming to raise $4000 for travel expenses, which includes the cost of flights, hotels, food, and required books, manuals, and other supplies. All donations go directly to my paypal account; you are donating directly to me, rather than a third party, and no fees will be deducted from your donation! Any additional funds given will be donated to Destiny Rescue, a nonprofit organization that rescues children from sex slavery and provides socioeconomic support and education to low income families that are tempted to sell their children in order to survive (see above video).

Thank you for visiting and please spread the word!

If you have any questions you can contact me at ashleysokamoto@gmail.com.

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Ashley Okamoto

Terre Haute, United States

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  1. I recently received a $200 dollar donation by check! To avoid a paypal fee by charging the account for this much, I instead lowered my goal by 200 dollars. So if you would like to raise the %funded but don't want to pay online, you can send a check to

    Ashley Okamoto

    Indiana State University

    Department of Psychology

    Terre Haute, IN 47809

    Thank you for your generosity!!


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  2. Updated posted by melodicharmony On Oct 25, 2012

    Glitch in system

    Just letting everyone know that as of 10/25 I have raised 256 dollars. I have received these payments and just want you to know that the page reporting I have raised 0 dollars does not mean your donations have been lost. I will get to the bottom of the glitch as soon as possible!


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