The Story of BridgeHope
In 2015, shortly after John and Jessa Dillow Crisp got married, they attended a Task Force meeting where law enforcement talked about the ways victims of commercial sexual exploitation remained vulnerable to traffickers if there was gap between their recovery and receiving needed resources. Since Jessa is a survivor of human trafficking, this conversation hit close to home and both Crisp's started to conceptualize what they could do to change the landscape surrounding this horrific crime. A solution began to form through the idea of a smartphone APP that could bridge resources and foster hope to survivors of human trafficking, ultimately breaking down the time of vulnerability that could lead to re-exploitation.
Over the next two years, key conversations and strategic planning meetings took place and in 2017, John and Jessa cofounded BridgeHope to fight human trafficking locally, domestically, and internationally by collaborating resources for survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. By means of initiatives and current projects, BridgeHope brings awareness to exploitation and trafficking through education, combatting vulnerabilities with technology, and facilitating an environment where survivors of exploitation can thrive.