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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

  • May Updates

    Our online safety PSA; presenting at a U.S. Health & Human Services and U.S. Department of Justice listening session; equipping children in Madagascar … and more.

  • October Updates

    Rob Morris on Prevention, U.S. Survivor Care eliminates its wait list; “Wynonna Earp” fans show us a little love, and more stories from the field.

  • August Updates

    Meet our new US executive director… What’s a “Not a Red Gala” anyway?… Our “My Body is Mine” flipchart debuts in Sierra Leone… Our Philippines Survivor Care team led a training for families about earthquake preparedness… Making recommendations to states through the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Youth in the United States… Our latest Impact Report… and our social media takeover by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ian Urbina.

  • Facebook’s “Privacy-Focused” Future Won’t Do Enough to Protect Children

    Facebook has a long history of taking a vocal and ardent stance against child sexual exploitation, yet it continues to be one of the most popular platforms traffickers use to groom and recruit the youth we serve. Still, Facebook knows and encourages children to use its platform, and does nothing to further protect the privacy of the children who use it. But there is one tweak they can make that will actually help address the problem.

  • We Type Them Up: A Father’s Day Memory

    “My father, now 89 years old with Alzheimer’s Disease, can’t recall my name. But my memories of him from my early years are more vivid today than ever— including what he taught me by example about being a father, and how I see a similar approach in how Love146 cares for children.”

  • 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?

  • Action Update: Jail Traffickers, Not Victims

    Connecticut lawmakers are considering a number of bills that impact child trafficking. Among them is a bill would be a powerful tool that will help bring traffickers to justice. And two others that could actually harm children who have been affected by trafficking. You can help: Please call your legislators and let them know you stand with children who have been trafficked.

  • Flying High At Wilderness School

    What happens when you bring a group of eight wary young survivors in our long-term services to a Wilderness School for a day of trust-building outdoor activities? They soar.

  • The Trafficker of One of the Youth in our U.S. Survivor Care Sent To Jail

    What does justice look like for the youth in our care? For one youth in our survivor care program, justice includes having the person who trafficked and abused her convicted, sentenced, and publicly admonished by a judge.

  • Children Who’ve Had To Live As Adults

    Many say they can’t relate to others their age; they date older men, and explain to me that since they’re more mature they need to be with more mature men. They see other children their age as “kids,” whereas they themselves are “adults.”

    I’m in this sticky position where I need to acknowledge the fact that they have been through more than any child should have to go through, and yet encourage them to be a child. To put down that burden of “adulthood,” and to experience childhood. They deserve to be children.

  • The Art of Not Asking Questions

    At Love146, we cultivate a long-lasting relationship that models healthy boundaries and allows the youth to “dig” when they feel safe, trusted, and valued. Youth then allow us to bear witness to their stories in their own time, in their own way. They are in control, which is one of the most important things we can restore to their lives.

  • “I used to think I was invisible. But you see me.”

    Our Rapid Responses help youth understand how a perpetrator uses manipulation, tricks, and force to take advantage of them. We talk about how easy it is to be taken advantage of. How everyone has things they need, things they struggle with, and how someone could use these things to build trust for the sole purpose of exploitation. This may be the first time that he or she is told: “It is not OK that someone treated you this way.” It may be the first time they hear: “It is not your fault.” Or that: “You are valuable and important.”

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