OUR STORY

Dear Friends of Safe House Project,

 

William Wilberforce once said, “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” Each of us has had a defining moment in our life where we faced a choice to either engage or look the other way.

 

On a mission’s trip to South Africa, Board Member & Safe House Project Visionary Nigel Anderson looked into the eyes of a young girl who had been double orphaned by the AIDS epidemic and was now at risk of being trafficked.

 

Standing on a hill in Costa Rica, CEO & Co-Founder Kristi Wells overlooked a valley filled with tents as far as the eye could see. Each tent housed children, as young as 6, children who had been sold into the sex trade.

 

Driving through the outskirts of Reno, COO & Co-Founder Brittany Dunn saw trailers stacked together and flashing signs promoted the sale of girls--girls that had been recruited out of the local high school because in that county prostitution is still legal.

 

Founded in 2018, Safe House Project exists to serve and empower survivors of child sex trafficking because our founding staff knows we never want to say, "I knew, and did nothing."

 

In 2019, we are thrilled to announce that through the generous donations of our supporters, we were able to provision 32 new Safe House beds with wrap around services in 6 cities, as well as train over 10K people in person on how to prevent, spot, and report trafficking. In 2020, we will add 160 new beds to the national landscape, and train 25K people.

 

As we stand on the precipice of the next decade, our team has cast a vision to see child sex trafficking eradicated in America by 2030. In order to eradicate an epidemic, we know it takes prevention and treatment. To serve and empower survivors of child sex trafficking throughout the United States, it will require a Safe House network in every state. It will also require preventing vulnerable children from being victimized through education and awareness. But the beauty is that when communities unite this becomes a solvable issue.

 

We are excited for the next decade because it is a decade of Hope. As one of our survivors so acutely stated, “you all restored my hope in humanity.”

 

Thank you for choosing to see.

 

Best Regards,

Kristi Wells, CEO

 

Safe House Project | Serving & Empowering Survivors of Sex Trafficking

Safe House Project is answering the deepest need to effectively serve and empower survivors of sex trafficking in America.

Safe House Project is a national leader empowering survivors of sex trafficking in America by accelerating safe house development and cultivating restorative healing.

 

Our vision is to see communities across America unite to end domestic sex trafficking and restore hope, freedom, and a future to every survivor.

a glimpse at the problem

  • Hundreds of thousands of Americans will be trafficked this year, including American children (girls and boys).

  • FBI estimates that 300,000 American children are sex trafficked each year (commercial sexual exploitation of children includes prostitution & pornography)

  • 1% are identified.

  • 1,044 beds exist for survivors across the United States. At the beginning of 2018, there were less than 100 beds across the U.S. for child victims of sex trafficking.

  • Due to the lack of safe houses, 80% of survivors end up back in the hands of their traffickers.

your support

  1. Accelerates Domestic Shelter Capacity - “The #1 Need” - The Survivors’ Voice

  2. Grows a National Network of Shelter Resources - A National Pipeline Creating Local Impact

  3. Empowers a Survivor’s Path to Freedom - Enabling Purpose and Independence

  4. Advances Domestic Trafficking Prevention & Education - Education that inspires Action

Many believe that victims of sex trafficking are limited by race and socioeconomic class, or gender but in reality, this industry knows no bounds. It can happen to any person, male or female of any race, and of any socioeconomic class—traffickers are merely exploiting the vulnerable.  Sadly, 40% of child victims are trafficked by their family.

 

A survivor's healing journey begins at escape.

Healing is a process, and survivors move through the continuum of care as they work to rebuild their life.

  • HOPE. When a victim escapes they require emergent care housing. The purpose of this house is to make victim feel safe and provide a place to sleep and a hot meal.

  • Freedom. Long-term safe houses are a 9-12 month program, which includes educational development, career development, medical attention, detox and rehab, branding removal, legal counseling, and multiple types of therapy and counseling.

  • future. Upon graduating a program, there are various paths forward for a survivor--going home, placement into a trained foster care family, vocational school, college, or transition in place housing. Regardless of their specific path, we aim to create new pathways for educational and economic empowerment for survivors.

Safe House Project Logo

The square symbol is inspired by an icon used during the Underground Railroad, where people united to set the captives free.  It was a symbol of hope indicating that a captive had finally reached a Safe House on their journey to freedom!

"Treatment came into my life when I didn’t want my life anymore. I had no one, nothing. I was hopeless, helpless, and alone. I needed something only treatment could give me: people who understood me and refused to let me forget my worth. It was all the love and support I didn’t know I needed." - Survivor Hope Doe

Safe House Project Team
Kristi Wells | CEO & Co-Founder  
Brittany Dunn | COO & Co-Founder
Jennifer Viollis-Richardson | Survivor Advocate
Kari Wood | Executive Assistant
Andrew Lewis | Marketing & Communications Director
Emily Benson | Social Media Director
George Books | Law Enforcement & Military Training
Rene Bollinger | HR & Compliance Training 
Safe House Project Board of Directors
Kristi Wells | CEO & President 
Nigel Anderson | Co-Founder & Owner of Renaissance Music
Kenneth Walker | Past Chairman & CEO of Driven Brands and Past Chairman of the International Franchise Association
Darin Ely | President of VA Asset Group
Joel English | Vice President of Centura College
Vickie Walker | Angel Investor
Lynda Campbell | Director of Training and Talent Development, Stonebridge Hotels
Safe House Project Business Advisory Board 
Frank Batten | CEO, President and Chairman of Dominion Enterprises Inc. 
Jim Flinchum | Owner of Bay Capital Advisors 
John-Allen Waldrop| Vice President & Corporate Counsel at Loyalty Brands
Rene Bollinger | HR & Compliance Training 
Darin Ely | President of VA Asset Group

Our Values
Innovation. Collaboration. Hope. Integrity. Stewardship.

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