A 2012 report from Polaris Project finds: “serious shelter bed shortage for human trafficking survivors.”
Trafficking survivors need long-term housing tailored to their vast needs. Homeless and domestic violence shelters often max out at three months, long before a trafficking survivor has recovered.
A foreign-national victim escaping traffickers is extremely vulnerable if she is homeless, especially if she is physically and mentally unwell. The lack of appropriate housing is a significant factor in the re-trafficking of victims.
Restore NYC was the first to open long-term safehouses in the Northeast dedicated to foreign-national survivors of sex trafficking—the first to commit to more than a Band-Aid solution.
In December 2012, we were honored as one of five “Heroes & Leaders” in the nation at the American Giving Awards, which were broadcast nationally on NBC, for our groundbreaking work in the restoration of trafficking survivors.