light up the darkness of sex trafficking with Refuge City
Refuge City provides safe places for children who have been sexually exploited to achieve restoration,education and re-integration in a family-focused environment.
The Restorative Care Program (RCP) centers around holistic family healing for the Overcomer and their entire family. When traffickers seek out victims, they prey on children with vulnerabilities that they can exploit. One vulnerability that we repeatedly see is a broken family unit. By working to restore the entire family unit instead of just the singular child, Refuge City is able to deter the advanced of future trafficker attempts. This is achieved through the many unifying services that we offer at our RCP program:
• Trauma-informed individual counseling for all family members
• Trauma-informed group family counseling
• Therapeutic art to help Overcomers process the trauma they just shared in counseling
• Equipping classes for parents to help learn how to better lead their family after their child's trauma
• Family style meals to help facilitate reunification and model healthy communication
The average age that a minor is first sex trafficked is 12 years old. This means that their education is interrupted in middle school. After they are rescued, they are typically far too old to re-enter middle school classes and need a safe place to learn.
Refuge City offers a solution for these youth trafficking survivors: a private, personalized GED program that offers trauma-informed care and education. Our GED school has been formed in order to best accommodate these students and their specialized needs:
• Weekly counseling sessions to help our Overcomers navigate their lives post-trafficking
• Family style breakfast
• Graduation ceremony upon completion
Refuge City is committed to long-term advocacy for our Overcomers. This means that even after they have finished GED or family counseling, we continue to help them move towards independence post-trafficking. This includes:
• Advocacy for trafficker trial & justice support
• Housing referrals
• Job search & interview help
• Driver's Ed class
• Meeting other basic needs (food, clothing, etc.)
Support from North Texas Giving Day will provide 50 children and their families with food, clothing, counseling, education, transportation, and more.
Refuge City is praying to grow to a higher capacity to serve more overcomers and their families, and we are in need of funds to provide food, supplies, teachers, and counselors to complete this vision.
Refuge City is committed to all survivors of human trafficking, regardless of race, national origin, sex, physical handicap, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.
We expect all employees to show respect and sensitivity toward all other employees and Overcomers, and to demonstrate a commitment to the ministry's equal opportunity objectives.