An Interview with Caitlin Crane – Part 2 – Dr. Stan Ponz
“She could have been me.”
Those words echoed through my 14 year-old mind as I sat next to my parents at a fundraiser, listening to a woman tell a story about another 14 year-old girl in India.
She had a family. Just like me.
She went to school. Just like me.
She had dreams for her future. Just like me.
But those dreams were all shattered when she was taken and sold into sex trafficking.
Months later, she was rescued by a ministry that helped her heal and get back on her feet – but she would never be the same. Her childhood innocence had been stolen. Her family wanted nothing to do with her. Because she had contracted AIDS, she could never get married and have children of her own within her culture.
I couldn’t wrap my head around the horrific trauma she had gone through. But the realization that she could have been me struck a chord in my heart. At the time, I didn’t know that was the beginning of what would become a lifelong passion to fight on behalf of the exploited.
In March 2013, I performed “Break the Chains” and spoke at an anti-trafficking fundraising event that I helped organize. It was at that event that I realized I wanted to be in this fight for the long run. I didn’t know what that looked like, or how I could even make a dent in such a massive worldwide problem. But I knew I could not sit back and do nothing.
After some months of careful thought and counsel from a few trusted people in my life, I decided to just go for it.
On December 17, 2013, I signed the paperwork to start a non-profit. I decided to call it Just1, because I wanted the heartbeat behind everything we do to be just one is worth fighting for. There are millions of children trapped in different forms of exploitation around the world, but if we can help save the life of just one of those children, it’ll all be worth it.