Since 2016, Rayebird has designed powerful message tees and hoodies with 100% of profits going to causes that fight sex trafficking and to support survivors. Today, Rayebird is on hiatus from production and has donated all existing inventory to Breaking Free in support of their fund-raising efforts.
about Breaking Free
Breaking Free is the country's largest domestic non-profit and social justice organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating survivors of sex trafficking. Staff and volunteers go out into communities and rescue those enslaved in the life. Through a comprehensive Sisters of Survival program, these children, young adults and women break free from a life of oppression. Founded in 1996 by a survivor Breaking Free works with law enforcement, the FBI, and launched Men Breaking Free, an educational program for those who buy into the sex trade and are arrested, designed to help them break patterns and understand the value of human life. This school has become a model for other states. Every year, Breaking Free helps thousands of women and children escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education. Minnesota is on the FBI's top 10 watch list for sex trafficking.
Raye believes in the influence of creativity and the power of business for good. At the tender age of 13, Raye was exposed to the world of sex trafficking when she was cast as a sex trafficking victim in a PSA TV commercial. She donated her talent fees and provided the voice over for the commercial. Embarrassed and ashamed, she told no one of this project. The shoot was both traumatic and life-changing. When she learned the average age of victims lured into the life was 12 years old, Raye decided to fight and give these young women a voice. Since then, Raye has courageously advocated for Breaking Free, one of the largest (albeit still small) U.S. based nonprofits dedicated to fighting "domestic" sex trafficking and rescuing survivors. She has been through their training, attended graduations of survivors who've been through the the retraining and education program called Sisters of Survival. Raye has seen the power of art to heal souls and give a platform for a voice that needs to be heard. At 16, she created Rayebird original apparel to give volume to those voices and provide funding for sex trafficking survivors. Currently, Raye lives in Savannah, Georgia, pursuing an artistic future in branding. She spent 2017 - 2018 traveling Southeast Asia, working with non-profits and NGOs, then traveling Europe studying cultures and studying foreign language. She's now been to 21 countries. Watch Raye's TV commercial that started her mission: