Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Claudia E. Dempsey
Human Trafficking, Philippines, Bible Study, Hope, Abuse, Sexual Exploitation
Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Garcia, Emily, "Fostering a Renewed Sense of Hope Among Human Trafficking Victims in the Philippines Though a Group Bible Study Initiative" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2967.
Human trafficking impacts an estimated 25 million people per year. In the Philippines, human trafficking has reached an epidemic proportion as many migrant workers becomes victims of human trafficking each year. The Philippine government, aware of this growing dilemma, imposes legal sanctions and assists victims by providing medical aid, legal counsel, vocational training, and temporary safe housing. However, reintegration and trauma-focused support are rarely provided. The victims, as a result, often go back to their communities, where they remain in a state of isolation and despair. The purpose of this qualitative research is to assess if the study of biblical principles in a group-based setting has a notable impact on the hope experienced by Filipina trafficking survivors. This study will introduce these trafficking victims to the redemption and reconciliation found in Christ. It is believed that understanding and embracing God’s redemptive promise will result in freedom from shame, a greater capacity for forgiveness, and a renewed sense of optimism for the future. The implications of this study will not only be applicable to trafficked victims but also others who have suffered abuse and exploitation. Hannah’s Home, a center for counseling abused women in Metro Manila, will be the venue for this project and qualitative assessment.