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Sun Gate Foundation, a (501)(c)(3) non-profit, survivor led organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, is an independent organization addressing a critical gap in the human trafficking aftercare community by making a substantial commitment to survivors. Sun Gate Foundation funds educational opportunities provided to survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking in the United States. The ultimate goal is to equip these young girls, boys, women, and men with a solid foundation to confidently go after their dreams.


We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2019. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2019   Please email for more information and an application.


We are currently accepting applications for internships.  If you are interested in an internship, please email  with “INTERN” in the subject line.

Human Trafficking Jamaica

Task Force

The National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) established in 2005, leads the Government of Jamaica’s (GOJ’s) efforts to coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate the national response to Trafficking in Persons. The Task Force encompasses personnel from a wide range of State Agencies, such as: the Ministries of National Security, Justice, Labour and Social Security, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Health, Tourism, Education, the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, the Office of the Children’s Advocate, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney General’s Chambers, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) , as well as members of the NGO community. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice currently chairs the Task Force.

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Recent Updates


Documentary in Aruba – False Promises – Features the Story of Our CEO, Shamere McKenzie

The story of our CEO, Shamere McKenzie, is featured in a documentary produced on the island of Aruba by The Switch Foundation. SYNOPSIS OF DOCUMENTARY ‘FALSE PROMISE ‘: The story of Shamere inspired the Switch Foundation team and that is why we wanted to multiply the message through False Promise, an experimental documentary adapted in Aruba with aspiring and amateur actors, designed to prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of our girls by networks. traffickers and... Read more →


Freedom for Survivors Campaign

January is declared the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Join Sun Gate Foundation in our Freedom For Survivors campaign where we will highlight survivor leaders from around the country who will answer the question: What Does Freedom Mean to You? This campaign was inspired by Juliana Semione. Juliana is a research associate in the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham and the program developer for The Salvation Army U.K.’s modern slavery unit. In... Read more →

Exited Prostitution Survivor Policy Platform

Abstract “Survivors of prostitution propose a policy reform platform including three main pillars of priority: criminal justice reforms, fair employment, and standards of care. The sexual exploitation of prostituted individuals has lasting effects which can carry over into many aspects of life. In order to remedy these effects and give survivors the opportunity to live a full and free life, we must use a survivor-centered approach to each of these pillars to create change. First, reform... Read more →

Left to right: CEO of Sun Gate Foundation, Shamere McKenzie; Ms Jamaica World 2017,, Solange Sinclair;  Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Justice and Chair of NATFATIP, Carol Palmer

Our CEO, Shamere McKenzie Human Trafficking Ambassador for Jamaica

On July 25-26, 2018, the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) hosted the first form of its kind to be convened in the Caribbean – “The Hard Road to Recovery: From Victim to Survivor”. The inaugural international conference was held at the Melia Braco Village Hotel in Trelawny, Jamaica. The main objectives of the conference were to: Increase public awareness to discourage these activities and to warn those who are unaware. Train officials throughout... Read more →