March 9, 2015
Justice and Soul
The Founders of the Justice & Soul Foundation, Matthew Fairfax and Lauren Ebright share our belief that a career in Cosmetology can change a person’s life.
In 2008 Fairfax, owner of Seattle’s James Alan Salon and Spa became aware that many young Cambodian girls under the age of 18 are being forced into sex trafficking with no way out. He knew that he had to help. He and Ebright, a stylist at James Alan took a trip to Cambodia in 2009 and from that trip Justice & Soul was born! Their mission is to transform the lives of trafficked young women, young men and children globally into confident, self-sufficient and financially independent individuals.
Here in the US, Justice and Soul is working to establish a scholarship fund for rescued teens looking for vocational opportunities in cosmetology. They also work with local shelters and rescue programs to provide support for those in transition.
Fairfax and Ebright wanted to combine their passion for Cosmetology with a way to help those affected by sex trafficking and this is why they opened the Kate Korpi Salon and Academy in Phnom Pen, Cambodia. For now, Kate Korpi is staffed by trained, English speaking stylists primarily from the United States and other developed countries. The pricing is set to attract wealthy Cambodian women and expatriates, sympathetic tourists and NGO workers.
The academy started taking guests on July 28, 2014. They teach the fundamentals of Cosmetology (hair, skin, nails, and makeup) and business skills those that have survived the sex trafficking industry as well as those at risk for being targeted by sex traffickers.
The school does not charge tuition. All students receive scholarships. Kate Korpi also provides therapy to their students so that the trauma of their past lives can begin to heal.
The curriculum was created by US-based cosmetology schools with consideration given to the anticipated education levels of the students. Justice and Soul worked closely with Cambodian educators to carefully translate the entire program into Khmer.
All profits from the salon go toward supporting the school.
The main fundraiser for the Foundation and Academy is an annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction called Fashion SOULstice. This event allows locals stylists and students a chance to showcase their talent, and raise money! Last year’s event raised $47,000. This year, we are pleased to announce that our a small group of our students will be styling models for the show. Tickets are selling out fast, so get yours today!