Hello my name is Jasmine Lee I run The Dock Ellis Foundation here in Vegas. Dock Phillip Ellis Jr. (March 11, 1945 – December 19, 2008) was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher from 1968 through 1979, most notably as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates teams that won five National League Eastern Division titles in six years between 1970 and 1975 and won the World Series in 1971. Ellis also played for the New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers and New York Mets. In his MLB career, Ellis accumulated a 138–119 (.537) record, a 3.46 earned run average, and 1,136 strikeouts.
Ellis threw a no-hitter on June 12, 1970, and later stated that he accomplished the feat under the influence of LSD. Ellis was the starting pitcher for the National League in the All-Star Game in 1971 and later that year, the Pirates won the World Series. Joining the Yankees in 1976, he helped lead the team to the American League pennant, and was named the league's Comeback Player of the Year.
The Dock Ellis Foundation Inc's mission is to offer resources and Empowerment focusing on building healthy relationships and to work with community partners and Social Service Organization to provide services for healing the effects of trauma to missing person and Human Trafficking from interpersonal violence. Additionally, our agency aims to reduce related social problems, such as child abuse, sexual assault, substance abuse and Domestic Violence.
Much of what we do here is 100% out of our own pockets! Fundings not easy when everyone only what's to deal with the major non-profits!
I was a the wealthy little brown girl. To darks for my white friends and to white washed for my black friends. I am the child of the GREAT Dock Ellis and he was an amazing father, but that didn't save me from the ugly underworld. People ask "Why Sex Trafficking" what does that have to do with Dock Ellis, well a lot! Because he was about saving who he could, if and when he could!
In Nevada alone, there is a demand for over 20,000 innocent women and children sold online every year. Nevada also ranks among the worst in the nation for its percentage of youth living on the streets instead of in shelters or transitional programs. Eighty percent of youth live on the streets, according to 2018 HUD’s Housing Inventory Count. By region, Las Vegas has the 2nd highest rate of unsheltered unaccompanied youth in the nation. NV has the highest rate of unsheltered unaccompanied youth in the nation. 9 out of 10 or 92% homeless youth are unsheltered in Clark County on any given night. 1,081 of homeless youth are between 18 and 24.
One in every three homeless young people are trafficked within 48 hours of being on the street. Per the FBI, 59 percent of all juvenile prostitution arrests involve African Americans. As a brown girl knowing what it's like our organization works with families and victims of color to navigate the system. Without support law enforcement is likely to see a black or brown sex trafficking victim as a prostitute and not as someone needing help. A lack of employment opportunities, housing and basic needs is one of the most serious barriers faced by human trafficking survivors when they attempt to rebuild their lives.
The Dock Ellis Foundation runs a 24-hour hotline to assist victims of human trafficking. Our foundation is a boot on the ground organization, when a victim contacts us, we immediately assist with clothes, food and we escort the victim to receive medical care if needed and relocation assistance, when funding is available The Dock Ellis Foundation provides temporary housing to victims for up to 30 days. We support anyone who falls within the category of being vulnerable, experiencing homelessness or unstable housing of any kind. Today, over 500 victims in Las Vegas have benefited from survivor care services provided by The Dock Ellis Foundation which include, but are not limited to: skills development, education/employment assistance, crisis intervention, safety planning, application assistance, appointment accompaniment, and court/trial preparation/assistance.