Poiema fights human trafficking through the following initiatives: Education, Community Engagement, and Survivor Empowerment.
1. Education- To date, we have educated more than 27,000 people about the dangers of human trafficking through our prevention education program. We speak to teachers, students, counselors, nurses, doctors, foster parents, staff who work with at-risk youth, law enforcement, churches, rotary clubs, etc.
2. Engage- Engaging the public to be eyes and ears in the community and identify human trafficking victims is essential to ending this modern-day slavery. Poiema has over 600 active volunteers involved in community outreach. Each Saturday, volunteers from one of our sixteen campuses distribute posters of missing minors throughout the metroplex. They visit hotels, truck stops, DART rail stations, first responders, etc. More than 570 locations receive posters. In partnership with 4theONE, 414 children have been recovered and sadly, more than half were victims of sex trafficking or sexual exploitation.
3. Empower- Poiema has a Safe House where we provide the support necessary for survivors of human trafficking to overcome their abuse. The success of our Safe House program is greatly dependent on the support provided by volunteers. Opportunities to serve include helping with home maintenance projects, interacting with the residents through mentoring, game nights, or teaching one of our many classes: exercise, art, nutrition, cooking, and life skills. We also support girls/women who are still trapped in “the life”.
DID YOU KNOW? According to a study by the Safe House Project, 80% of the human trafficking survivors who do NOT have a safe place to heal from their trauma are re-victimized?
This is what makes the makes the work we do a crucial component of any survivor's healing and restoration journey. Your financial gifts provide for the counseling, transportation, safety (alarm system monitoring, etc.), and daily household needs (food, bills, etc.) for each of our residents, as well as the staffing necessary to care for and support each survivor along their way.
This year we have one request: Don't let Trauma have the final word.
The Poiema Foundation educates the public and raises awareness in order to prevent sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other methods of sexual exploitation. Poiema also operates a safe house where survivors of human trafficking receive long-term, trauma informed care. We facilitate the restoration journey of women by providing for their physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.
With our Safe House expansion complete, our greatest continuing focus is ensuring that we provide excellent, trauma-informed, therapeutic care for survivors of human trafficking. According to a study by the Safe House Project, 80% of the human trafficking survivors who do NOT receive this level of care will be re-victimized, which makes the work we do a crucial component of any survivor's healing and restoration journey. Your financial gifts provide for the counseling, transportation, safety (alarm system monitoring, etc.), and daily household needs (food, bills, etc.) for each of our residents, as well as the staffing necessary to care for and support each survivor along their way.
Poiema does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to: hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, and vendors.