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FOUNDER'S STORY

 

In 2004, Faith Huckel started reading about unusual cases within domestic violence and homeless shelters in NYC: there was a pattern of foreign women who struggled with trauma and disorientation.

Curious, Faith continued researching these cases and learned that there was a growing number of foreign-national women who were being trafficked in New York City.

These undocumented women – who could not speak English and carried large financial burdens – ended up in domestic violence or homeless shelters because existing social service programs didn’t have the clinical resources nor the cultural capacity to serve these women. Even at these shelters, women could stay up to only three months.

There was a pattern of foreign women who struggled with trauma and disorientation.

The early team of Restore NYC

The early team of Restore NYC

Moved by their experiences, Faith knew that what was once a curiosity had become her calling. In 2007, Faith quit her job and founded Restore NYC with Susan Keil White and Kathleen Slocum. With their combined backgrounds in law and social work, Faith, Susan, and Kathleen brought together a passionate team and began partnering with the courts and other nonprofit organizations to seek out victims.

In 2009, Restore NYC served its very first client.

As they worked with more and more women, the team realized safe housing was crucial to healing. As a result, in 2010 Restore opened the first long-term Safehome dedicated to foreign-national victims of sex trafficking in the Northeast.

With its increasing reach, Restore was soon recognized by both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and became a trusted partner of government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the New York City Criminal Court, Queens County; and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York.

Restore opened the first long-term Safehome dedicated to foreign-national victims of sex trafficking in the Northeast.

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Today, Restore is a nationally recognized leader in identifying and helping trafficked women and is made up of a unique team of experienced counselors, social workers, researchers, and business professionals. With the blessing of our many supporters, we continue to create hope for survivors of sex trafficking and set the standard of care nationwide.