Because of the sensitive nature of the crime perpetrated against victims of human trafficking, the road to recovery is long. It starts however, with safe housing. Safe houses for victims of human trafficking are an immediate need within our state, and across the country. Currently the need far exceeds the available resources, and rescued victims are often referred to temporary shelters with programs that are simply not designed to accommodate the very specific and unique needs of a human trafficking victim.
Our goal is to change that. In addition to working with and supporting other organizations who recognize this need in their own efforts, we too are working to ensure more safe housing options exist where holistic healing and restoration is possible for victims of human trafficking. We are committed to developing a network of safe houses and transitional living centers for survivors of human trafficking. This two-pronged approach identifies the immediate need of the survivor to have safe housing, trauma counseling and immediate medical care. The transitional living center is a longer-term solution and aims to help survivors find hope and healing in their lives. These centers will be therapeutic in design and focused on long-term recovery and restoration of the whole person.
THE NEED FOR AFTERCARE
The 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report recognizes one of the most critical needs of rescued victims is safe shelter and aftercare support:
“One of the most important needs of recently-liberated trafficking victims is a place to stay that is safe, yet that also respects their freedom and autonomy.”
“As trafficked persons become more independent, they often need support in finding housing, job training, education, and employment.”
How can YOU help?
Not Here is sponsoring an initiative called “Project TLC” which is tasked with developing a network of safe houses and transitional living centers (TLC) for survivors of human trafficking.
This two pronged approach identifies the immediate need of the survivor to have safe housing, trauma counseling and immediate medical care.
The TLC is a longer term solution helping survivors find deeper hope and healing, while providing the support to rebuild their lives. These centers are therapeutic in design and focused on long term, holistic recovery.
The lack of safe house and long term aftercare options is a problem that limits the number of victims who have access to safe housing and care following their rescue.
It is a problem we cannot solve alone. We need your help.
Please visit our donation page to make a contribution today, and be sure to specify you would like your donation to go directly to aftercare.
Your gift is tax deductible, and more importantly, it will provide funds to assist with the operational expenses involved in providing aftercare options for victims.