Dallas – Fashion and jewelry enthusiasts raised money for It’s Going to Be OK, Inc. on Sunday, April 11. The Black and White Fashion Show included gourmet appetizers and drinks, a fashion show featuring clothing designers Terri Ives and Daniel Mofor and jewelry designer Mona Jain, and shopping for the items featured in the show.
Margaret McKoin, CEO of The Time Group, and Isaiah Stanback, former NFL Player and Super Bowl champion, emceed the event.
“I rescue, restore, and rebuild the lives of trafficked women, girls, and their children,” Tonya Stafford, founder and CEO of It’s Going to be OK, said. “We have a safe house for these families. We provide all the resources they need to be able to get out of that cycle of abuse, especially trauma informed care. After two years, the women graduate from our program. They are provided after care, so they can start a new life, free from that life in captivity.
“At the age of thirteen, I was sold by my mother for drug money. I was kept by the man for ten years, and I had three children. My neighbor knew there was something wrong and rescued us. I knew I needed to do something and to work to rescue other women and girls, and those sweet babies that are kept locked up like this. This can be a generational issue, and it is important that we stop this abuse.”
Isaiah Stanback and his family support It’s Going To Be Ok, and his wife and daughters participated in the fashion show.
“Tonya and her team have done quite a job overcoming human trafficking and then working for other victims,” Stanback said. “Tonya uses her story to enlighten people about how serious of an issue this is, especially here in Dallas. People do not realize how many people are trafficked in Dallas, and it is important to raise awareness, money, and to get people to volunteer to help others out of the situation.”
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Dallas is ranked second in the nation for human trafficking. With children being home and online more during the pandemic, the number of children who were enticed online increased 93 percent in the first six months of 2020. While most of these children did not act on the solicitations online, the threat remains, and the need for awareness and safe houses continues to increase.
Supbiya Mane and her friends attended the fundraiser to support jewelry designer Mona Jain, but contributed financially after learning about It’s Going To Be Ok.
“Each piece of jewelry is exclusive and a work of art,” Mane said. “You will not find anything like this in a market. When I wear this jewelry, I stand out.
“I did not know about this organization when I agreed to come to the show. I wanted to support the designer. Now we are meeting more people who have been part of human trafficking, people like Tonya, and we want to support organizations like this. Human trafficking happens all over the world, and we want to work together to make it stop.”
The Black and White Fashion show is one of three major fundraisers for It’s Going To Be Ok, Inc. Programs include providing a safe house and care for victims of human trafficking, training law enforcement in the signs a person may be a victim, writing bills for the Texas State Government to protect victims, training healthcare workers to recognize signs of victimhood, and educate and support girls and boys to resist online and in person enticement by human traffickers. More information, as well as donation and volunteer opportunities are available at https://www.igtbok.org.