Ending human trafficking through gospel-centered community transformation and global outreach
Since its foundation in 2015, Raising a Voice has
been impacting the lives of sex trafficking victims
all across the globe. Will and Katie Boggs began
their journey to fight human trafficking shortly
after getting married and spent their first year
together on a vision trip, ministering and
volunteering with over 150 anti-trafficking
The experiences Will and Katie had on this trip launched the long-term vision of Raising a Voice and shortly after returning home they bought their Knoxville-based building, which serves as a center for domestic and international work. Raising a Voice eventually became partners with Ubani Trust and Vos Tambien thus establishing bases in both Kenya and Argentina. Raising a Voice, as well as their partners, work with interns every year who serve in a fellowship in Knoxville before traveling to Kenya and Argentina to spread God’s word and work towards eliminating human trafficking throughout the world.
“We want to spark transformation,” stated Katie Boggs. “ We want our volunteers to go back to where they live and begin to combat racism and sexism and fight for resources in under-resourced neighborhoods. We’re looking for a holistic better community for people to be in on all ends of the spectrum.”
The mission of Raising a Voice is to end human trafficking through gospel-centered community transformation and global outreach. Raising a Voice works towards stopping the exploitation of victims and positively impacting the Knoxville and global communities with Christ as the foundation.
“We want people to understand how vulnerability and exploitation happens and the reality of it all,” explained Will Boggs. “It’s often based on the injustice of unfair systems and it becomes a byproduct of the environment in which these victims were raised. We want to raise up, not just the individuals, but the entire community.”
Raising a Voice continues to impact the lives of these victims by radically living for Christ and focusing on community transformation in order to expose the reality of trafficking and give these women a second chance at life.
“We never want people to feel like they’re reaching down to women that have been exploited. We want them to feel like they’re reaching out,” said Will Boggs. “These women have a voice, we want to raise their voices and the issues of human trafficking and exploitation so the whole world can hear it.”