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.
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.
Accelerates Domestic Shelter Capacity - “The #1 Need” - The Survivors’ Voice
Grows a National Network of Shelter Resources - A National Pipeline Creating Local Impact
Empowers a Survivor’s Path to Freedom - Enabling Purpose and Independence
Advances Domestic Trafficking Prevention & Education - Education that inspires Action
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