IoSEW’s founding goal and primary effort is the development of a safe haven in the form of a restorative home and safehouse for rescued victims of human trafficking. This home, termed Dignity, will be a full-service, therapeutic environment, providing all the services needed for victims to safely recover from their former lives and move forward as successful survivors.
This idea is meant to serve as a direct response to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report on human trafficking. This report details a primary, critical concern in the national lack of safe, effective services and resources available to rescued victims. It is estimated that approximately 50,000 Americans fall prey to human trafficking each year. Conversely, the few organizations that provide inpatient-type services for these victims total for approximately 65 available beds for victims nationwide, a staggering shortage.
It is here where IoSEW strives to make a difference. Our safehouse and restorative home will be a privately held property that offers a secure solace to victims rescued out of their subjugated circumstance. Whether through partnerships or our own programs, Dignity homes will be arranged to provide a full host of services, encompassing all facets of recovery toward personal independence.
These services will include but are not limited to:
- Medical care
- Emotional and psychiatric counseling and therapy
- 24-hour security and protection
- Education & skills training
- Legal services
Our goal is simply stated: IoSEW’s purpose is to furnish rescued victims of human trafficking with all the tools and support needed to re-establish themselves and guide them toward viable, independent lives, restoring dignity through freedom.