Our Story

Dena Rapp

While I was growing up my parents instilled in me the importance of helping people who were in difficult places. In 2003 I read an article in the newspaper about a little girl who was taken from Mexico into Texas. This child was put into a dirty trailer and sold for sex day and night until law enforcement heard and responded. The article described what they found when entering the trailer. My heart was broken when I read this description and that picture is forever etched on my mind. Looking back, I believe that is when God first planted the seed for Rivers of Justice. God heard and answer my prayer. In 2010 I took part in a musical called “Cargo” which raised awareness of human trafficking and focused on the life of William Wilberforce. During this event I heard someone speak about child sex trafficking in the United States. I was shocked! How could this be happening in our country?

I began to research Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and my research took me to places so dark and evil and left me overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem. This time I asked God, how can one person make a difference? He reminded me of Exodus 14:14. “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.”

This promise truly helped me to move forward and respond to His call. During this time I was teaching in a college and in that setting God began opening doors a little bit at a time and to the point where I left my teaching position and started Rivers of Justice. Our name is taken from Amos 5:24, “Let justice roll like a river and righteousness like a never failing stream”. I wanted to seek justice for these children who had their innocence stolen from them.

Today as I look back on our humble beginnings, I stand amazed at how God has grown our organization one step at a time. I know there are many people out there in the same position that I was in, asking what can I do and where can I start? There is something that everyone can do to fight human trafficking. Please contact us and we will be happy to help you get started.

With Love,
Dena

A child dipping her feet into river waters

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Mother Teresa