Core Program Values
Recognizes the complex effects of trauma on a human trafficking victim’s mind, body, memory, and responses. Emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety to create a trauma-informed environment. Works to empower individuals to take back control over their life.
Consciously 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 met 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 the victim, not that person’s identity. Tailors program to each individual with a trauma-informed approach.
Prioritizes learning from survivors. Recognizes that survivors are the experts about the experience of human trafficking. Emphasizes adjusting programming to reflect what actually looks like a trauma-informed approach 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 safety and security for victim/survivors to receive trauma-informed services – physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Recognizes the necessity of physical protection of many human trafficking survivors from traffickers. Prioritizes taking steps to avoid re-traumatizing victim/survivors.