Nonprofit New Creation sells free trade items to fight human trafficking

New Creation is a small fair trade shop located in downtown Harrisonburg that is doing its part to help end human sex and labor trafficking around the world.

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With the help of her husband, Sabrina Dorman-Andrew is helping to stop human trafficking around the globe bit by bit every day. Started in 2013, their business New Creation sells a wide range of products from jewelry to shirts raising money and awareness for the issue.

“Our mission is to counteract human trafficking, not just here locally, but around the world. Our shop is just a piece of our nonprofit; it has survivor-made and fair trade items that help to fund rescue and restoration around the world,” Dorman-Andrew said.

The small shop is located in the back corner of the Agora Downtown Market in downtown Harrisonburg. The couple’s inspiration for the business was sparked when Dorman-Andrew learned about the pressing problem.

“The first time that I heard about modern day slavery, I felt very paralyzed by it. It was such a huge issue, and I think that’s how most people feel. They hear about it and they think, ‘What am I supposed to do [as an] average American?’ It really got me thinking [about] how we can all do something that helps, and so that’s really how it started,” Dorman-Andrew said.

As the store becomes more successful, Dorman-Andrew hopes to expand their influence. The shop in Harrisonburg is their second location, and Dorman-Andrew considers it only the beginning of an ambitious trade organization.

“We would love to see New Creations spread around Virginia. We really have a heart and a passion to put shops where aftercare facilities are, so we would love to take one to Richmond, another one to Roanoke,” Dorman-Andrew said.

The free trade products sold by Dorman-Andrew help those who have been rescued from trafficking to reach their next chapter in life.

“[Our products] are from all over the world; we’re working with artisans and survivors internationally. We partner with 30 organizations, a lot that are here in the US… but the majority of our stuff comes from India, Africa, Cambodia, the Philippines [and] Haiti,” Dorman-Andrew said.

Dorman-Andrew aims to convince customers that every purchase makes a difference.

“The fact that we can all do something small that makes big change [inspired me, because] the shop allows whoever to do that. They can come, they can shop, they can gift, and with that they’re changing somebody’s life,” Dorman-Andrew said. “They’re restoring freedom and hope, and that was really our inspiration from the beginning.”