“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river.
We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”
― Desmond Tutu
Human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation are part of much larger systemic issues. We believe for us to effectively address human trafficking we have to also address gender-based violence, racism, and poverty.
We are working to build a community-led by survivors for survivors. We believe in making a positive and permanent impact in the lives of survivors by ensuring access to sustainable services. We aim to ensure that everyone has the option not to sell their bodies, have the opportunity to become free and stay free from exploitation, have the support to walk through trauma recovery, increase healthy connection with themselves and others, achieve educational and vocational goals, and a seat at the table to use their voice however they choose.
Exiting exploitative situations can be a long and very hard process. Access to service providers and resources before, during, and after a survivor's escape is crucial. Often this is a process and can take many attempts. We work with community-based organizations to support the in-person crisis response where individuals provide trauma-informed support and emergency shelter coordination for CSE and domestic trafficking survivors. This program is the access point to all other survivor services.
We are all wired for connection. This program offers survivors an opportunity to build connection with themselves and others in new ways through support groups, restorative group classes, and peer mentorship, one on one coaching and support. We work one-on-one with every person in our care to support them based on their individual needs and goals. We provide each participant with survivor-centered comprehensive case management, resource coordination, and transitional housing support.
Equip is a program that is intended to provide an empowering platform for survivors to restore their dreams and reach their goals. This program offers professional and personal development and one on one coaching and tools for survivors that wish to use their lived experiences to work in the movement, start their own businesses, receive professional mentorship with professionals in the community or to network in their areas and among other survivors with similar goals.
Know someone in need of services?
Referral Applications are to be submitted by service providers. If you are looking for services for yourself please call (843) 972-3849 M-F to schedule your intake. If you need emergency assistance, please call the Human Trafficking hotline (888)373-7888 or txt "HELP" or "INFO" to 233733.