Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Care
PROGRAMS | PREVENTION | SURVIVOR SUPPORT
Prevention Education Programs
UNITAS is developing a narrative-driven, multi-platformed prevention education curriculum for use in public schools in the U.S. for students aged 12-18. UNITAS will complement the prevention education curriculum with online social media and digital resources and campaigns including innovative alternate-narrative educational digital comics to reach children and adults with vital anti-trafficking education and information. UNITAS is also developing training programs for social service providers to engage our whole community in the fight against human trafficking.
Secondary Prevention Education
In the nation’s capital more than 2,000 children are reported missing each year. Though most are recovered, many are at risk of going missing again due to abuse, neglect or conflicts at home. Homelessness puts them at tremendous risk as research indicates that 1 in 5 homeless children in the U.S. are trafficked. In response, UNITAS is funding a new local effort to reach 900-1000 children per year identified as “critical missing” and “recovered” through D.C. law enforcement. Our local partner, FAIR Girls, will provide these children with life skills and education to prevent further risk of trafficking and exploitation. And in a newly opened 24/7 drop-in center, young people will be assessed for indicators of sex trafficking and exploitation.
This will help fulfill some of the D.C. Mayor’s objectives in her strategy to assist missing youth. Our local partner, FAIR Girls, works as a part of a larger working group of organizations and agencies in Washington D.C. Together we believe this will be a replicable model for missing children in other major cities across America.
Therapeutic Survivor Retreats
UNITAS has partnered with The S.O.A.P. Project and Karisma Hotels & Resorts to offer survivors Therapeutic Survivor Retreats to provide healing therapies for mind, body & soul, life skills-building, and survivor bonding for life-long support. These life-changing and enriching experiences help human trafficking survivors on their healing journeys and empower them to Live Free!
An estimated 60 – 80 survivors of child trafficking will be referred annually by the D.C. Superior Court to our local partner, FAIR Girls. The vast majority of these will be young girls of color from the DC area aged 12 to 17 years old. UNITAS is committed to fund a full suite of case management for these children that will include a 12-week curriculum called “Dare to Thrive,” therapeutic art programming, individual therapy, and a youth-focused survivor support group. A case manager will be involved in referrals, all court hearings, and will manage weekly workshops and drop-in center space. Additionally, 12 trained survivor mentors will assist in program implementation for these new referrals. This program was designed to help facilitate life skills and bonds that will help these children recover and reduce their risk toward further exploitation.