GEORGIA - A non-profit organization based out of Conyers is looking to change the look of survivors of exploitation, trauma and abuse by turning marks and scars into something beautiful.
Jessica Lamb, the founder of Atlanta Redemption Ink (ARI), a 501(c)3 organization, founded the organization after realizing the need in the southeast. A survivor of exploitation, Lamb had a branding tattoo covered up and knew she had to do something to help other victims cover up their scars.
"Seeing survivors set free from marks caused from trauma and abuse, whether it's one or 100, is impactful," she said.
ARI focuses on restoring dignity to survivors of exploitation, trauma and abuse by turning marks of hurt into depictions of hope, recovery and freedom.
"We assist recovered self-harmers, women/minors with sex trafficking brandings (forced tattoos by traffickers marking them as property), gang tattoos, and domestic violence scars/burns," she said. "Minors are assisted through tattoo removals. We connect survivors with partnered and trusted artists to assist in the tattoo removals and covers."
ARI services the southeast region of the U.S., with two participating artists in Covington to assist survivors. Jesse Rollins, from Iron Clad Ink, and Kayla Tyndall, from Cupid Slave Tattoos, are doing their part as healing artists in Covington.
"We are very thankful for every artist and removal specialist that partnered with ARI in making an impact in survivor's lives in their journey," Lamb said.
ARI relies on donations so the experience can be completely cost-free for survivors. Survivors are selected through an application process. The application is available on the ARI website.
"We have a donation page on our website and all donations are tax-deductible," she said. "We are always open to partnerships with churches, businesses and civic groups who wish to support our mission on a regular basis or sponsor a survivor."