Official Update from RJI's CEO

March 13, 2020

Dear RJI Community, 

I am writing to provide an official announcement about RJI’s actions regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.  In considering the best next steps forward, the safety and wellbeing of the RJI community is of upmost importance and my top priority. We’ve been monitoring the news very closely and doing a lot of praying and coordinating with key individuals with a goal of swift, wise, and best next steps.  I remain continually committed to taking a calm yet very proactive approach to keeping our RJI community safe.  

Below are some important, official RJI updates:
1. We at RJI are so grateful for the individuals and businesses that are making the Benefit for Freedom a growing success and we are thankful for this incredible help and dedication!  The generosity of all our supporters and partners makes a huge difference in preventing human trafficking! 
In accordance with the guidelines outlined in the Virginia Governor’s Declaration of a State of Emergency and because our top priority is the health of our entire RJI team and the community at large, it is my duty to officially announce that the Benefit for Freedom will not be able to occur in-person on April 2 at the University of Richmond, as previously planned.  As many of you know, the Benefit for Freedom is our largest fundraising initiative of the year, therefore we are currently evaluating the best steps forward, exploring creative solutions and possibilities for rescheduling.  We look forward to being back in touch as soon as possible with further details.
2. The RJI office was closed yesterday and will remain officially closed until further notice.  During this time, however, our staff is working remotely from home.  We ask that all team members take every precaution to stay well and safe.
On behalf of our entire team, thank you so much for your support and commitment to RJI’s mission!  Please do all you can to stay well! 
All the best,
Jessica Willis, CEO