What we do
What is Human trafficking?
Human trafficking is the transportation, harboring, obtaining, or maintaining of a person by means of force, fraud, or coercion for purposes of servitude, debt bondage, slavery, or participation in forced labor or the sex trade. For individuals under the age of 18, force or coercion does not need to be observed for the minor to be considered a victim of sex or labor trafficking.
What are the signs?
Possible indicators that a minor is being trafficked include:
- Unexpected absences from school
- Running away from home
- Fear, anxiety, depression, tension
- Inability to speak for themselves
- “Boyfriend,” “Uncle” or “Daddy” controls life and speaks for them
- Tattoos of someone else’s name
- Multiple cell phones
Who is affected?
Victims of sex trafficking and exploitation can be any age, any gender and from anywhere in the world; however, legally and socially disadvantaged populations are more vulnerable. The majority of victims are female (70%), and children make up 30% of victims. Those experiencing poverty, systemic gender or racial discrimination, mental illness, or gang affiliation, as well as those who have disclosed their LGBTQ identity, are at higher risk for victimization. And in the US, 1/3 of runaways are approached by traffickers within the 1st 48 hours of leaving home.
We have served over 100 clients ages 12-23 and continue outreach and intervention efforts to connect with victims of trafficking and exploitation.
Participants in the residential program at Justice House of Hope will be supported 24/7 by highly-trained professionals. We will meet our clients’ immediate physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and social needs, in a safe, caring and structured environment.
Find help for you or someone else as well as resources to report suspected trafficking on via our Contact Us page
Trauma informed care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.
Individual Group Counseling
Each participant will meet with licensed therapists for guidance in life skills, coping skills, and developing healthy relationships.
Power through learning
Residential clients are required to complete a structured educational program in home school with an accredited teacher or in a GED program when applicable.