2020 Annual Gala
Sept. 10, 2020
Save the Date
6th Annual Restored Wings Gala
The 2020 Restored Wings Dinner will feature keynote speaker, Cyntoia Brown-Long. Cyntoia is a human trafficking survivor, author, speaker, and advocate for criminal justice reform.
Date: September 10, 2020
Location: Embassy Suites LaVista Suites and Conference Center
Doors Open: 5:30 PM
Patron Party (With book signing by Cyntoia): TBA
Tickets: Watch for the ticket announcement.
Thank you to the past attendees for your support and for giving to Rejuvenating Women so that we may continue to restore the lives of women who have been trafficked and sexually exploited. Please join us once again on September 10, 2020 and help make an impact in a survivor’s life!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on sponsorships and silent auction donations.
Keynote Speaker – Cyntoia Brown-Long
Cyntoia is a human trafficking survivor, author, speaker, and advocate for criminal justice reform.
Cyntoia had a difficult start in life. She was born to an alcoholic, teenage mother who was also a victim of sex trafficking. Cyntoia experienced a sense of isolation, low self-esteem, and alienation that drove her straight into the hands of a predator. Cyntoia became a victim of sex trafficking and at the age of 16 was arrested for killing a man who had solicited her for sex. She was tried as an adult and was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 51 years. In prison, Cyntoia’s life took a dramatic turn when the prison education principal took her under her wing and introduced her to a spiritual path. She encouraged her to build a positive life in prison and to resist the negative influences that lead to despair.
Her journey was a roller coaster ride that included a documentary about her life, a profound encounter with God, an unlikely romance, and, eventually, a commuted sentence by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. She received an unprecedented national and international outpouring of support from social media advocates, pastors, and celebrities and was released from prison in Nashville, TN on August 7, 2019.
Her memoir, Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System (Atria Books, October 2019), written while in prison, documents her early years and the 15 years she was incarcerated and takes readers on a coming-of-age spiritual journey. Set against the shocking backdrop of a life behind bars and the injustice of sentencing sex-trafficked juveniles as adults, Cyntoia struggled to overcome a legacy of family addiction and a lifetime of being ostracized and abandoned by society. Of her time in prison, Cyntoia says, “I was just a teenager when I was sent to live behind a razor-wire fence. My entire coming of age was within the walls of the Tennessee Prison for Women.”
Cyntoia hopes that her story will not only inspire others but also shine a light on the injustice that people still face on a daily basis, especially the injustice to women and children in American prisons. She is available to speak to a wide variety of organizations.