What is the Refuge?
Refuge of Light is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a long term safe home that provides physical, mental, and spiritual healing in an effort to overcome the brutalization of modern day slavery, called ‘sex trafficking’ in the lives of victimized girls under the age of 18 years within the United States.
Why the Refuge?
Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Human trafficking or slavery generates $32 billion annually, worldwide (The International Labor Office). Statistics show that within the United States there is anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 individuals sexually trafficked, yearly (U.S. Department of Justice). Tragically, there are only a handful of shelters with less than 300 total beds in the entire United States for domestic minor victims. The majority of these victims are young girls that have fallen prey to the commercial sex industry at the hands of perpetrators known as pimps and johns.
The vision of Refuge of Light is to transform the broken life into the brilliant life through individualized plans of restoration. To equip these young girls with confidence and the skills to realize and formulate their own vision for a new, healthy, and meaningful life.
Once the girls have been safely placed in the care of the Refuge…. Their new lives begin.
We work with each child to develop a plan based on their specific circumstances. Children may stay in the shelter up until age 18, with a goal of finding appropriate long-term placement after two years, if possible. We will assess long-term placement options for each individual, including possible return to the home, foster care, independent living, continued support through Refuge of Light, enrollment in college or other arrangements. After they leave the Refuge, we will continue to provide targeted aftercare and connection to the program to ensure long-term success.
Our goal is to provide a safe environment for these victimized minor girls to heal and transition into a new life equipped with the skills to allow them a successful future within society.