While living in Kuwait, Debbie Fowler began volunteering at a shelter with runaway maids who were victims of human trafficking. Upon learning of the realities of human trafficking, not only globally but in her own community, she decided to bring awareness to the public and help victims of human trafficking by establishing Eyes Wide Open NENY, Inc.
The organization began with emails to friends requesting donations of arts and crafts supplies. Debbie started selling those supplies at local flea markets to raise money. The requests and flea market interactions spread word of the efforts throughout New York. Women from Syracuse and Rochester drove to Schenectady to deliver supplies they had collected from their communities. One year later, in the fall of 2015, Her Treasure Box was opened. The store is a thrift shop selling only arts and craft supplies. All proceeds go to the funding for continual awareness of human trafficking in the community and the establishment of a home where victims of human trafficking can begin the healing process.