Women Who Inspire

In celebration of International Women's Day, and Women's History Month we are excited to highlight women who inspire our Starfish Project team.

Victoria, Annie & Lorena

Meet this wonderful family of give-back women, Victoria, our Starfish Project Digital Marketing Manager, big sister Annie, and their fantastic mom, Lorena!

Each incredible woman loves well and serves generously in their community and beyond. From sewing masks in the height of COVID, college support at Bethel University, to packing your jewelry as volunteers at our Starfish Project Distribution Center, this inspirational tribe does it all with smiles on their faces!

Yet, what inspires our Starfish Project team in Asia the most is seeing multi-generations standing together to fight for freedom in practical ways. To quote June, the Starfish Project Design Lead, “Victoria and her family are the essence of women supporting women and what we dream we can do with our daughters one day! Thank you Victoria, Annie, and Lorena for all the ways you help us restore hope. You inspire us!


Kate of @Lonestarsouthern is a longtime friend of Starfish Project. Rebekah, our Starfish Project Holistic Care Director shares, “I first met Kate at the Starfish Project shelter where she led a fun night on her visit to Asia in 2017.

Kate taught everyone to do nails and listened patiently and eagerly to everyone share their stories. I remember that Kate hugged every woman tightly, and they all shared both happiness and sorrow like close friends.

Kate’s kindness and loving heart really brought a healing moment to the women of Starfish Project. I was also impressed by the way she engaged with a new culture and customs. Kate showed no judgment, prejudice, or superiority, she embraced everything with curiosity and was so very inclusive.

It is wonderful to see how she continues to do just that on her platforms while pouring love into her family and still raising awareness for the women here at Starfish Project. Thank you Kate for the way you shine love and beauty everywhere you go and in everything you do. You have inspired us!”


Today we celebrate fellow survivor, @imrebeccabender Rebecca’s incredible story of transformation is inspirational to anyone who has the privilege of hearing her share. For many on our team hearing Rebecca share her story online with such bold vulnerability was transformational.

For many Rebecca’s story created a new lens to see their own. Hearing real-life examples of grooming in a vastly different context that felt so similar was eye-opening.

The reminder from a fellow survivor, that many women don’t realize what is happening to them when they are trafficked, was freeing. Others were inspired to share their own stories and for the first time dared to dream that they could affect change in their cities.

Rebecca, thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for your boldness, generosity, and heart to lift up and support survivors around the globe. We, here at Starfish Project, are grateful for all the ways you restore hope. You are an inspiration!


Erin is an incredible blogger, fashion guru, and advocate with us! You may have seen her reels styling and showing off our jewelry. She has such a heart and passion for raising awareness for Starfish Project. We are beyond grateful for her support and talent! It means the world to the moms in our program to see a fellow mom across the globe cheering them on by wearing the jewelry they create and spreading the word about the life-transforming impact!

Thank you, Erin, for your open heart to serve and for lending your time and creativity toward lifting survivors up!

We could not do this life-transforming work without an incredible tribe of women fighting alongside us. This International Women's Day we celebrate each one of you, incredible women who shop, style, advocate and give in support of freedom for every woman. Thank you for restoring hope with us!

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