Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. A little while ago I watched the documentary “Very Young Girls” that educated me and made me extremely passionate about this cause. The documentary focused on the wonderful work this organization does.

I decided to do an illustration showing how much a young woman who is safe can accomplish in terms of her own self-worth. Plus I wanted to draw a cute kid haha!

Visit http://www.gems-girls.org/ to learn more about them.