Who We Are:
Mission: Safe House Project is a national leader supporting survivors of sex trafficking in America by accelerating safe house networks and ensuring restorative healing and empowerment.
Vision: Our vision is to see communities across America unite to end domestic sex trafficking and restore hope, freedom, and a future for every survivor.
The United States was just named by the Department of State as one of the top 3 countries in the world for human trafficking, and the top consumer for sex trafficking. This $99 billion industry is expected to overtake drugs in the next few years in the United States. Due to the demand of sex in America, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of Americans being trafficked on US soil over the past decade.
FBI and the office of Trafficking in Persons believes that hundreds of thousands of people are trafficked in the United States each year, but victim identification is still low due to lack of education and awareness on human trafficking indicators in many communities across the United States. In 2018, the National Human Trafficking Hotline identified 7,859 victims of sex trafficking in the United States, which does not include cases directly handled by local authorities. Of the 7,859 sex trafficking victims in 2018, 2,738 of victims were minors. In 2018, there were only 1,000 beds across the US for survivors of sex trafficking, and 100 of those beds were for minors. Meaning that in 2018, 26 out 27 minors of sex trafficking in the United States did not receive treatment for the trauma they have endured.
Today, Hampton Roads is 15th in the nation for human trafficking. In 2018, 22% of identified victims were minors, 90% were American, and many of the minor victims came from the foster care system. Of course, anyone can be a victim of sex trafficking, but we know that kids who are homeless or runaways, LGBTQ, African American or Latino, and youth interacting with the child welfare system are more vulnerable to this type of exploitation.
In 2020, Safe House Project will be increasing capacity of safe houses and wrap around services through partners in California, Florida, the Carolinas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Washington. Locally, we are looking to support 50 survivors of sex trafficking in Hampton Roads with safe housing and wrap around services that will allow them to begin their healing journey. Founded in Hampton Roads, we truly want to see an increase in awareness and education; therefore, we will continue to speak 15-20 times per month to help prevent the victimization of vulnerable members of our community.