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To build a community where no person is trafficked. To identify and prevent the purchase of human beings. Spreading awareness through education and outreach and connecting those in need of services. Provide a structured program focusing on rehabilitation and reunification back into society in a safe residential environment.
Our specialized safe haven creates opportunity for a trafficked person by providing high security standards while respecting their right to privacy and autonomy. In general, this involves accommodation facilities with a secret address for presumed trafficked persons who may still be in danger from traffickers.
The most basic and immediate requirement is a protected and secure shelter at the time of contacting the authorities or the agency providing assistance or before deportation or repatriation. Our clients are protected from harm from the trafficker and have access to immediate short-term assistance.
Life skills and job training programs. Our 18 month program will integrate some type of life skills, job training, and career development process as part of a girls treatment plan. This may include check writing, bank account management, learning to pay phone bills, and other types of financial literacy. Girls can apply for hourly work in the office or as part of outreach, building skills they can take with them. Three hours of Independent Living Skills are required every week. Furthermore, girls are offered a stipend in the form of a $5 coupon for attending workshops, classes, or helping out in general. They are then able to cash these coupons with staff once every other week.
Youth development programming. Group DBT`CBT are required twice a week to discuss the importance of creating self development and the importance of mental health. As described by one resident, a program needs to provide multiple types of educational opportunities for victims to keep her engaged and busy. Recreation is encouraged for a healthy lifestyle, which will include music, art and poetry and Yoga Therapy.
Education. We offer online and in school options with tutoring available
Family involvement/reunification. Many of the providers acknowledged the importance of involving biological family members or other appropriate support people in the lives of girls when a healthy relationship is possible. One child protective services official commented that many providers assume that there is no family of origin to whom the girl can return. While the outcome may never be returning home, it was expressed that through counseling and education, there may be an opportunity to maintain some type of family relationship. It was clear, however, that because of the extensive abuse histories of most domestically sex-trafficked girls, programs need to provide structured, safe environments in which families can reconnect. Parenting classes are required for completion of the program. Homemakers are made available 24 hours a day for support.
Security of Facility
Our Safe Home provides physical and emotional safety for these girls, which is an essential ingredient for their recovery. Ensuring the safety of the facility and staff themselves is also a priority. These measures included: undisclosed location, security cameras and alarm systems, 24-hour staffing, unannounced room searches and drug screens, limited phone use, supervised or no access to the Internet, locked doors at all times with staff and residents buzzed in and out of the facility, pre-approved/screened contact lists, etc.
Better quality life outside of an urban environment for clients with PTSD is better able to begin recovery away from the daily triggers. For combat veterans, this would be outside of the area of war; for girls who have been the victims of domestic sex trafficking, this would be away from the areas of their exploitation. Furthermore, distance will provide an added measure of security from traffickers and other predators, and decrease the likelihood that a girl on the run from a program will easily find her way back to the area in which she was trafficked for sex.
Length of Stay
Providers and law enforcement working with this population advocated for a minimum length of stay of at least 18 months. This was also echoed by survivors. The length of stay was recognized as sufficient time to build trust with the girls, provide the necessary therapy to address their trauma, and to begin working on their treatment plan and rebuilding their lives. Continued connection to the program following exit and long-term aftercare services.