A residential recovery home for adult female survivors of domestic human trafficking.
Key objectives of The Dream Center’s Human Trafficking Program:
- Women have stable, safe housing and are protected from traffickers.
- Women become part of a healthy, safe community of support that provides assistance while they address pressing legal, medical, and emotional needs.
- Women learn life skills such as communication, conflict resolution, anger management, understanding boundaries, understanding trafficking & trauma, and making safe choices to help them live independent lives.
The Dream Center Human Trafficking Program began in 2010. It started out as an 8-bed safe house and expanded to a 20-bed home in 2011. In 2013 we opened a second home and began running the only Emergency Shelter specific to trafficked victims in all of California. As of today, we operate both a 6-month recovery home and an Emergency Shelter.
Since the program’s inception, we have been able to establish and maintain relationships with local law enforcement, FBI, Homeland Security as well as other organizations in order to provide safety and immediate crisis aid to victims of human trafficking. Our major strengths are immediate crisis relief and trauma stabilization. We operate through four phases: Rescue, Rebuild, Restore and Pre-Transition. Each phase was developed to build on each other, and they are designed specifically to help our women process through their trauma in a safe and healthy manner.
The Rescue phase consists of a variety of efforts to rescue a victim from her trafficker/pimp and help her make choices for her next steps. This phase includes our outreach program, emergency hotline, networking with other organizations and law enforcement, and everything that happens at the Emergency Shelter.
The Rebuild phase is our 30-day program. It focuses primarily on establishing a foundation for their recovery process. We work hard to develop relationships with them based on trust, accountability, and safety. During this time, we are helping them obtain their ID card, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, health insurance, among other services. We also begin the process of helping them reach emotional stability by facilitating curriculum specific to emotional healing.
The restore phase is 90 days. This is the intensive, therapeutic portion of the program. They attend a 12 week school and work through 10 regular classes, including Communications, Anger Management, Boundaries, Budgeting, Fitness, Trauma 101, Art, Seeking Safety, and Women of the Bible. The objectives and curriculum of each class have been developed by our team and are specifically tailored to our residents. In addition to school, residents are given more responsibilities in the home, are expected to attend psychodynamic therapy with our Clinical Psychologist at least once per week, and meet regularly with their case manager.
The final phase, Pre-Transition, is set up to help our residents prepare for a transitional housing placement. We know the expectations placed on residents when entering a transitional home and have therefore created a program that helps them learn the skills necessary to make their transition into society a little easier. We help them learn how to set up an email account, use the computer, use the bus system, open a bank account, get set up on cash aid programs, create a resume, apply and pay for college, have successful job interview skills, manage their time, get and stay organized, and more. Our hope is that once they get to their transitional home, they can jump right into a job with a sense of confidence and assurance under their belt.
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