Take action against human trafficking at this event

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first ENJEWEL event – a fashion and music showcase, “A New Beginning” at the Sandler Center on Jan. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The fashion showcase will unveil the latest of international fashion designer Joseph Aloysius Montelibano’s eco-friendly and sustainable couture, the “Aloysius Collection,” showing that fashion can be environmentally friendly while still maintaining the fashion standards of the Haute Couture World, according to a news release from the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the fashion showcase, there will be the launch of ENJEWEL (Equality and Justice for Every Woman Every Land) an organization that brings advocates together to fight against human trafficking.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the work of two local nonprofit anti-human trafficking organizations, the Butterfly House and the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative.

The Butterfly House’s goal is to build the first of its kind home for female minor victims who have been rescued from human trafficking in Virginia — giving them a new way of life, according to the news release.

The VBJI’s purpose is to end human trafficking throughout Coastal Virginia and beyond through awareness, prevention initiatives and intervention strategies that meet the needs of  trafficking survivor, according to the chamber.

Fordetails and for ticket information, visit www.enjewel.org.

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