Natalie Grant’s Hope for Justice Named Charity of the Year at 5th Annual .ORG Awards
Natalie Grant’s organization, Hope for Justice, has been recognized as The Public Interest Registry’s Charity of the Year at the .ORG Awards. This global movement is dedicated to combating human trafficking and supporting those affected by it. In addition to this prestigious award, Hope for Justice has also been acknowledged for their tireless efforts in addressing historical injustices. The PIR, a non-profit organization responsible for managing top-level domains such as .org, .ngo, and .ong, selected Hope for Justice from a pool of over 1000 organizations representing 70 countries. As a gesture of support, the PIR will be donating $60,000 to further assist Hope for Justice in their important work.
Tim Nelson, the CEO of Hope for Justice, expressed his gratitude for this recognition, stating, “It is truly an incredible honor to receive this award on behalf of our dedicated teams across seven countries. They go above and beyond to bring freedom to those in need. Our mission is to prevent exploitation, rescue victims, and restore lives. In this year alone, we have assisted over 200,000 individuals affected by human trafficking. This award acknowledges the hard work and unwavering commitment of the Hope for Justice team, including the training of 12,100 individuals worldwide on effectively responding to suspected cases of human trafficking.”
Natalie Grant, co-founder of Tikva for Justice, shared her personal journey and motivation for joining the fight against human trafficking. She recounted a life-changing experience in Mumbai’s red-light district, where she witnessed a young girl being sold on the street. This encounter ignited a determination within her to fight for the freedom of those trapped in slavery. Grant expressed her gratitude towards the Hope for Justice team, who courageously put their lives on the line every day to ensure the liberation of others. She emphasized that everyone has the power to make a difference, no matter how overwhelming the issue may seem. Grant concluded by stating, “We may not be able to do everything, but we can all do something.”
Grant’s involvement in combating human trafficking began in 2005, when she became aware of the existence of modern-day slavery. Following a transformative trip to India, she established Hope for Justice to address this pressing issue.