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About U.S. Survivor Care


After much research, regional assessment, and survivor input, we believe one of the best contributions we can make is to journey with youth as they leave exploitative situations. Many services exist, but few survivors have a trauma-informed advocate equipped to navigate these systems. By journeying with youth as they receive services such as legal assistance and therapy, as well as helping them with safety planning and crisis intervention, we can help ensure they’re receiving the best possible care. True freedom for a survivor looks many ways, but it should always involve reintegration into a healthy local community. We never want to foster dependency, so as youth grow and become independent, flourishing young adults, our support steps back slowly. However, we’ll always be there and we don’t close a case. This program doesn’t depend upon a safe home. The most pressing need we found was long-term specialized care that can partner with families or existing residential solutions. Presently, we are providing this long term care for survivors in Connecticut.

Our U.S. Survivor Care work also has a Rapid Response program.  When we get a call about a youth who has been identified as trafficked, exploited, or at high risk, we meet with them to provide an urgent response to the dangers they could be facing. We have a conversation with them: we talk about the grooming process traffickers use, internet safety, healthy relationships, and solutions to potentially unsafe situations. To support that conversation, we leave the youth with a backpack filled with a range of items children and service providers have identified as being critical for this population: a blanket, a journal, a rain poncho, a teddy bear, toiletries, hotline numbers, an emergency phone, and much more. Some of these youth end up in Love146’s long-term care, but for those who don’t, Rapid Responses help ensure they have information and resources to help protect them. Rapid Responses are presently occurring with youth in Connecticut and the greater Houston area.

This project is supported with monies awarded by the Connecticut Judicial Branch and funds under Grant Award No. awarded to the Judicial Branch by the U.S. 2015 Dept. VOCA of Justice Assistance Program Grant Office. Points 2015-VA-GX-0016 of view or opinions contained within this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Connecticut Judicial Branch or the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

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Updates from U.S. Survivor Care

  • When someone you’re trying to help spits at you… literally

    I met with a high-risk youth so we could talk and do some safety planning. She made clear that she wasn’t going to cooperate, that there was nothing I could say that would matter to her. That is, until I mentioned sexual assault, how it was never the fault of the person who got hurt. Then, something happened that surprised both of us.

  • All is calm? All is bright?

    For a lot of us, the holiday season has its challenges. It reminds us how things “ought to be,” and we may find ourselves wishing our lives and families looked more like the happy, healthy ones we see in movies and Christmas cards. This is true for many children in Love146’s global survivor care programs. We’re determined to do whatever it takes to help them feel important and loved during the holidays!

  • A Second Chance at Childhood

    We can’t undo the events that made them grow up so fast. But we can show them that there is so much more to who they are than these experiences. When a survivor in our care starts to breath deeper, laugh, discover who they are and what they’re passionate about, and experience their childhoods… that’s the day abolition arrives in their life.

  • BREAKING NEWS

    Our US Survivor Care program has meant the world to children in Connecticut, children we know by name. Individual donors helped start this from scratch. That’s hope. Now, it will be expanding substantially, thanks in large part to contributions from fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders. That’s justice.

  • Why Prosecution Matters for the Youth We Work With

    While notable progress has been made in terms of buy-in, some agency leaders and personnel continue to not see human trafficking as a concern in their local communities. We need a strong on-the-ground understanding and enforcement of current laws, as well as tools and protocols for identifying, investigating, and prosecuting these crimes.

  • We got the call on a Tuesday afternoon…

    A survivor learned enough of the warning signs to seek help, and a community mobilized quickly to help keep her safe.

  • Out of Nowhere, I Was Given a Way Out

    Note: Love146’s Survivor Care Program Manager, Erin Williamson, has been given a…

  • After the Stings: What About the Children?

    “No one was looking for them.” These are the words used by…

  • Unpacking the Rapid Response Backpack

    How can we equip a youth in a short period of time to protect themselves from the dangers they could be facing?

  • We are in this together

    Let me tell you a story about family… the gritty, beautiful real…

  • RAPID RESPONSE BACKPACKS

    Found in a hotel room, barely awake after a nightmare, a place…

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