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Jacobs Steps Up Against Human Trafficking This Giving Season

Jacobs receives community partner award from Ho’ōla Nā Pua organization

Jacobs Federal & Environmental Solutions Senior Vice President and General Manager Tim Byers and Operations Manager Julie Hong accepting the Community Partner Award on behalf of Jacobs.

Ho’ōla Nā Pua means “New Life for Our Children”in Hawaiian, and this trailblazing organization is doing just that.

After Founder and President Jessica Muñoz was working as a Nurse Practitioner and noticed signs of sexually exploited children in Hawaii, she started Ho’ōla Nā Pua, with a commitment to prevent sex trafficking and provide acute care for the impacted children. It was important to Jessica to create sustainable solutions for this systemic problem, and Jacobs was more than willing to step up to the opportunity.

The Honolulu team is working with Ho’ōla Nā Pua to raise awareness about this issue through community events, including opportunities to share the story of establishing Pearl Haven, the first residential treatment program designed to provide trauma-informed therapeutic services for youth impacted by sexual exploitation or trafficking. Events include i fundraising events, advocacy days, grounds clean-ups and adding Ho’ōla Nā Pua to our employee giving and volunteering program, Collectively℠.

Jessica Muñoz sharing the story of Pearl Haven with Tim Byers.

Another unique way we’ve teamed up with Ho’ōla Nā Pua is through developing a STEAM speaker series introducing youth residing in Pearl Haven to careers in science, technology, engineering, math and the arts, and encouraging personal success as they reintegrate into the community .

“In working with Ho’ōla Nā Pua we are aligning with our TogetherBeyond Action Plan to advance justice and equality; and the mission of this critical organization,” says Jacobs Operations Manager Julie Hong. “Many people in Hawaii and beyond are unaware that this is happening to our children, and it is vital that we do our part to support these survivors.”

Recently, Jacobs received a Community Partner Award for our work with Ho’ōla Nā Pua at a Bright Futures event, which raised more than $75,000 for the organization. We also were recognized at their recent Winter Wonderland event for our STEAM Speaker series.

“I am so thankful for the partnership with Jacobs,” says Ho’ōla Nā Pua Founder and President Jessica Muñoz. “They are a phenomenal example of the private sector coming alongside a community-based organization to ensure success and positive impact.”

As Ho’ōla Nā Pua begins Phase Two of the Bromley Family Pearl Haven Campus, and the expansion of their community outreach programs, we plan to work alongside them every step of the way.

During this giving season, if you would like to support this organization, visit our Collectively program here – and remember, Jacobs matches employee donations year-round.


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