Core Program Values
Recognizes the complex effects of trauma on a human trafficking survivor’s mind, body, memory, and responses. Emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety to create an environment that feels safe and secure. Works to empower individuals to take back control over their life.
Specifically aims to understand and honor every person’s culture, society, ethnic group, and background. Adjusts approach to each human trafficking survivor according to their individual culture so that everyone is welcomed with a trauma informed response.
Encourages each person to see their own strength, resourcefulness, and resilience in overcoming human trafficking and other adversity. Emphasizes human trafficking survivors discovering and developing their own personal goals. Focuses on working toward positive future outcomes.
Treats every person with respect and consideration. Remembers that human trafficking is what happened to a person; it is not that person’s identity. Tailors programming to each individual’s needs and goals with a trauma informed approach.
Prioritizes learning from survivors. Recognizes that survivors are the experts about the experience of human trafficking. Emphasizes the practice of adjusting services to reflect the what a trauma informed approach actually looks like for those recovering from trafficking, rather than assuming that traditional or past practices are best.
Emphasizes a warm, welcoming home environment. Seeks to establish a non-clinical atmosphere in which healing takes place. Promotes a trauma-informed sense of home as normal and safe, sometimes for the first time in a human trafficking survivor’s life.
Places emphasis on providing a safe and secure place, as well as safe people, for survivors to receive services. This includes physical, psychological, and emotional safety. Recognizes the need for physical protection of many human trafficking survivors from perpetrators who may still intend to cause harm. Prioritizes taking steps to avoid re-traumatization.