The end of 2018 marks one year of living in a cultural moment when communities around the globe have been taking a stand against sexual violence.  

Since our founding 2009, the Restore community has been fighting one of the most extreme forms of sexual exploitation and gender-based violence: sex trafficking.

We have been encouraged by this new momentum—and we are eager to share what we have learned after working in a rapidly evolving field for nearly a decade. We know the depravity and complexity of sex trafficking. But we also know the power of collaboration and stand firm by this conclusion: sex trafficking is a problem we can solve together.


Meet the community behind the restoration…

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David Hung has been on our board since 2011. He’s accomplished all these great things since then, bringing the organization from $300,000 to $3M. Asked why he signed up for such a daunting task in 2011, he said “someone had to do it.”



Susan Jacob has been with the Mayor’s Office since 0000. She has been working to end gender-based violence since. She has stuck with the job for years because she knows the importance of leadership in this fight.



Melissa Martinez worked with John Temple to build up the D.A.’s Office to End Trafficking. She remembers the early days when she would have to work hard to make people believe that sex trafficking even existed in New York City. Next year, she will begin teaching a class at Columbia University on sex trafficking.



In 2009, we opened the first safehome of its kind. Later, we received special funding from the Department of Justice to transistion this Safehome into the first transitional housing for trafficking survivors. Cindy is often the first point of contact for many survivors.



Cindy sees firsthand the transformation of some survivors from day 0 to day 1,000. She remembers T, the survivor pictured here, fondly: “she could not be touched at all.” I’m shocked that she let me hug her in this photo.



T lived in the Safehome for 1 year. When she first arrived, she was extremely shy and afraid to be touched. Today, she is affectionate with Restore staff, working, and living on her own.


Volunteers have played a key role in Restore’s work since our beginning. They help break down cultural barriers in the home, but also provide important community beyond staff during a time when survivors are re-entering the world and the workforce.


Our providers

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Will include information here about the Trafficking Visa and the importance of immigration relief. And how badass it is that we have lawyers on our side.



Some information about the vast healthcare needs of survivors and the difficulty in obtaining care for them before they have access to benefits. How key it is for people like Kristin and Shantae to be ahead of the game and to fill these gaps in the time being.



In our 9th year of operations, we served nearly 330 women, more women than ever before. Leading us in this is our Director of Client Services, Beck, who coordinates everything and runs a tight ship. Allows us to remain one of the few anti-trafficking organizations who doesn’t turn anyone away and who responds within 24 hours.


New board members. Allen is our youngest board member, bringing on a new generation of abolitionists, and Corinne helps lead much of our fundraising events, inspiring and encouraging new supporters. New blood in our board is key as we grow our supporter base for  a strong future. 


Ultimately, “she” drives our organization. Not our agenda, not our donors, not our referral organizations, but her well-being. We are proud to stand behind brave women like the survivors pictured above, whose journeys to freedom were made possible by so many different kinds of stakeholders. We can’t do it alone. Will you join us?