Freedom House is committed to bringing hope, restoration and a new life to survivors of human trafficking. Since opening The Monarch, the first long-term residential shelter and aftercare program of its kind in Northern California in 2010, Freedom House has served as a beacon of hope.
As human trafficking continues to rise in the San Francisco Bay Area, Freedom House has identified a need to also establish an emergency shelter to quickly assist women who are fleeing from their captors. Entering a life on the streets or returning to the trafficker are potentially life-threatening situations. These brave survivors are at imminent risk of becoming homeless unless a shelter is readily available to meet their specific needs.
Freedom House plans to aid these women in peril by providing short-term housing and triage services through a new shelter program, which will be known as The Beacon. Designed specifically for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, domestic servitude or unpaid labor, The Beacon will help stabilize women immediately after they are freed from bondage, a critical time period with unique challenges.
Comprehensive case management will address physical and mental health issues while guiding each survivor toward a more transitional continuum-of-care plan, which may include being accepted into The Monarch.
A capital campaign now is underway to generate the necessary funds to open The Beacon emergency shelter within the next two to three years. Assisting Freedom House in its fundraising efforts is a group of committed advocates who call themselves “Freedom Fighters.” We ask all supporters to join the cause:
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