willow is hope



Willow International is committed to restoring the lives of women and children victimized by human trafficking and preventing the victimization of more innocent lives. Our comprehensive array of services provide shelter, healthy meals, medical treatment, counseling, education and economic empowerment, and psychosocial support to survivors of human trafficking. Through partnerships with international organizations and governments, Willow coordinates the rescue of victims, supports survivors with legal aid, educates and empowers communities to prevent trafficking, and advocates for policies and procedures that will prevent trafficking and ensure victims are treated with dignity and respect.​

October 29




Willow is Hope is going virtual this year, allowing us to reach people around the world. This means you can “attend,” bid on one-of-a-kind auction items, donate, and enjoy our program from the safety and comfort of your own home!

In addition to special guest speakers and performers, Willow is Hope’s online auction will feature artwork created by the survivors of human trafficking in our care, providing a rare glimpse into Willow’s programs and aftercare homes in Uganda.

In 2019, Willow is Hope generated over $250,000 through individual donations and corporate sponsorships. In addition to being a fundraiser, the event brings together a community of freedom fighters that want to generate awareness of 40.3 million women, men, and children being affected by human trafficking. With your help, we can make Willow is Hope 2020 fun and memorable - all while increasing the number of survivors Willow can serve each year!


Andra Day

singer, songwriter, actress, and activist

Willow International is thrilled to announce special guest, 3x Grammy® nominee Andra Day for its 2020 event, Willow is Hope! Andra Day is best known for her 2016 Grammy® nominated behemoth, “Rise Up,” which amassed 1 billion streams and an RIAA triple-platinum certification. She’s shared the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder and The Obamas to Nick Jonas and Alicia Keys. Working with GiveDirectly, Andra recently released “Make Your Troubles Go Away,” to fight Covid-19. Next, she stars as Billie Holiday in the upcoming biopic, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, directed by Oscar-winner Lee Daniels. 

Sophie Otiende

feminist, poet, teacher, and survivor of human trafficking

Sophie Otiende is a champion for victims of human trafficking, advocating for their rights and elevating human trafficking as a priority in East Africa. Her expertise, patience, and bravery have positioned her as a source of inspiration and confidant for other survivors of trafficking. For the last ten years, Sophie has worked with grassroots organizations in Kenya to provide services to trafficking victims and survivors, building Kenya’s victim assistance infrastructure and capacity. She is currently a board member and survivor advisor at Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART).

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Taye Diggs

An established star of film, television, and theatre, Taye Diggs made his feature film debut starring opposite Angela Bassett in the box office hit How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Diggs is currently in production on the third season of the CW series “All American. In 2011, Diggs' first children's book entitled Chocolate Me was published by Feiwell and Friends. Subsequently, Diggs has written three more children’s books, Mixed Me, I Love You More Than…and My Friend. In 2002, Diggs returned to his musical theater roots in the Academy Award winning film Chicago. Diggs appeared on Broadway from late 2003 to early 2004 in the role of Fiyero in Wicked and as Billy Flynn in Chicago. Diggs' musical talents were first recognized in Broadway's critically acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning play Rent, with his role as Benny the landlord.

Madison McFerrin

Madison McFerrin is an independent singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. Her critically acclaimed a cappella EP series, Finding Foundations, led Questlove to dub her sound “soul-appella.” After garnering praise as a Pitchfork Rising Artist and making her debut at SXSW, she mesmerized crowds on her debut US and European tours with her powerful one-woman show. Madison’s latest project, the You + I EP, expands upon her a cappella sound by pairing her timeless voice with modern production by her brother, Taylor McFerrin. Despite COVID-19’s cancellation of her return to SXSW, Madison has continued to create during quarantine.

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Brittany Perry-Russell

Brittany Perry-Russell is a Texas native whose career began as a professional dancer, appearing alongside top artists such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Ciara, John Legend, Dua Lipa, Cardi B, Janelle Monaé, and countless other artists. In 2011 Perry-Russell made the transition from lead dancer to actress when she landed a lead role in the Universal film Honey 2. She was later cast in Will Ferrell comedy, The Campaign, followed by Sparkle, and The Preacher's Son. In television, Perry-Russell can be seen opposite Derek Luke in 13 Reasons Why for Netflix, where she had a major recurring arc in its 2nd season. Her TV credits also include guest-starring roles on Grey's Anatomy (ABC), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW), and Fresh Off the Boat (ABC).


Willow is Hope is free to attend. When you RSVP, your registration email will contain the links needed to participate in the event. We hope you're able to join us!


Like you, we refuse to standby while innocent people are sold into slavery and exploited. Willow is Hope brings people around the world together to raise awareness and support that save lives. With your commitment to help, we will restore hope, transform lives, and give survivors of trafficking the love and support they need to heal from trauma and rebuild their lives.

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Caring Sponsor


  • Contribute to safe housing, lifesaving medical treatment, counseling services and education for one survivor for one year

  • Logo featured on event webpage

  • Willow is Hope coffee table book


Education Sponsor

  • Provide individual educational scholarships to three survivors

  • Logo featured on website and visible during live program

  • Willow is Hope coffee table book

Restoration Sponsor


  • Provide one year of comprehensive Restorative Aftercare Services to one survivor

  • Logo featured on website and visible during live program

  • Willow is Hope coffee table book


Community Sponsor

  • Provides five survivors with twelve months of Community-Based Aftercare Services

  • Logo featured on website and visible during live program

  • Verbal recognition of sponsorship during live program

  • Willow is Hope coffee table book

Healing Sponsor


  • Provides critically important professional group and individual therapy to 120 child and adult survivors in our care

  • Logo featured on website and visible throughout live program

  • Verbal recognition of sponsorship during live program

  • Willow is Hope coffee table book

  • Incorporation into marketing campaigns (print, email, & social media) for six months post-event


Empowerment Sponsor

  • Provides comprehensive training, start-up capital, and a year of mentorship to 60 survivors of human trafficking working to reclaim their lives

  • Exclusive name and logo promotion as Presenting Empower Sponsor in all pre-event print, email, and social media marketing material.

  • Logo featured on website and visible throughout live program

  • Verbal recognition as top-tier sponsor during live program

  • Interactive brand exposure during and after live program

  • Willow is Hope coffee table book

  • Incorporation into marketing campaigns (print, email, & social media) for twelve months post-event

  • Partnership featured in 2020 annual report (print and digital)

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