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OUR LEARNINGS & IMPACT

Learning for Impact.

Why do we focus on impact?

We believe measuring our impact produces better results, for our organization and for the women we serve. We are building towards a rigorous analytical framework to assess our impact, but we consider our learnings from 2015 – many of which are preliminary and based on small sample sizes – too important not to share.


What did we learn in 2015?

Demand for our programs continues to soar. In 2015, 456 women were referred to us from 65 unique sources. We experienced a 115% increase in referrals and 490% increase in referral sources vs. 2014. These referral sources spanned 10 states and all five New York City boroughs. In addition, women were referred to us from 30 countries across five continents.

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Continents represented from the women we served in 2015

Women were referred to us from 30 countries across five continents.

Of the 456 women who were referred to us in 2015, 50% identified as survivors of sex trafficking. Not all women referred to us want to share about their past. Sex trafficking of foreign nationals is a complex crime and circumstances of their entrapment along with fear of deportation, often prevent victims from coming forward to receive care. Debt bondage, shame, and financial dependency often prevent women from leaving their dangerous work.

With training, we can improve our identification rates by 300%.

Victim identification is a specialized skill. We believe a background in social work, language competency, or training in general trauma-informed care is not enough. With training, we can improve our identification rates by up to 300%, helping more women access the programs and services that are available only to trafficking victims. The charts below begin to tell the demographics and backgrounds of the women we serve.

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More than 70% of the women we serve are mothers with an average age of 39.

In 2015, we learned that more than 70% of the women we serve are mothers with an average age of 39. This means that last year we served 219 mothers across all of our programs.

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Findings from our Safehome

Our learnings from the safehome reveal that restoration is possible. Early data indicates a safehome stay of 15-18 months produces the best outcomes for survivors.

89% of women who enter the safehome have significant symptoms of depression. Nine months into our program, only 33% have depression. By month 15, no women have depression. Additionally, after six months, 80% of residents experienced improvement in their spiritual well-being.

83% of safehome residents secured a job upon graduation offering higher pay than their prior work.

After approximately 12 months in our safehome, 100% of residents used positive coping strategies more often than negative ones to manage their stress. Furthermore, this reflects in the 83% of safehome residents who had secured a job upon graduation, offering higher pay than their prior work.

Curious to learn more? Click the infobox below to read the full 2015 Findings Report.

Findings Reports


2015 Findings Report

We have been tracking outcomes for the women we serve since early last year, assessing their growth and progress every three months, and we are especially excited to share this information with you. These data indicate that restoration is possible. We consider these early learnings too important not to share with you in real-time.

2014 Findings Report

2014 marked first year Restore has consistently collected and analyzed client data across a variety of dimensions from our partnership with the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts (HTIC). These findings provide a richer, more data-driven picture of the women we serve and the vulnerabilities that led many to be trafficked.