On any given day, 250 girls, victimized by sex-trafficking, can be identified in the Dallas/Fort Worth area alone. Throughout Texas, estimates suggest that 79,000 youth are currently being trafficked. Many of these victims are trafficked to and from Dallas, Austin, and Houston through Waco, which is situated on a long, but congested, stretch of Interstate 35. Unfortunately, however, the closest program for human trafficking survivors is 100 miles away. The devastating fact is that there are simply not enough beds to provide services for all of the children who escape the sex-industry, and, for this reason, many of the children who do get away initially, end up back with their trafficker. For a first-hand account of how sex-trafficking affects real people's lives, see this video from a father whose daughter was taken.
We are Safe House and Empowerment is Freedom (“SHE is Freedom”) a 501(c)3 organization designed to provide comprehensive restoration for survivors of domestic minor sex-trafficking.
Launching this safe house will provide the safe and structured environment for these young people to receive the services and healing they need to recover the lives that have been stolen from them. We are currently working on a property, with a property’s owner, in the Waco area, to begin taking in girls. One wing of the building is being rehabilitated for the purpose of a drop-in center where victims can come to receive food, shelter, case management, and further resources, including access to drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In addition, part or the entirety of another wing will be devoted to a longer-term residential living facility in which girls will receive more intensive and ongoing care.
As soon as our doors our opened, our partners throughout Waco – including the juvenile justice system, law enforcement, and other community centers – are eager to transfer girls to our beds.
At the moment, we are devoting sweat equity and meager resources toward rehabilitation of the building, and estimate that we are approximately $300,000.00 short of being able to complete the renovation and run the program for the initial nine months. Unfortunately, unless we can overcome this hurdle, we will not be able to open our doors at all, leaving hundreds of children who want to escape being trafficked, for one more day, with even fewer options than they have now. We ask your support in launching the SHE is Freedom safe house by November 1, 2018.
Please visit us at https://www.sheisfreedom.org for further information about the project, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.