Why This Matters
Victims are often placed in juvenile detention centers or program that does not address the trauma from their trafficking. Number of beds for victims vs number of potential victims stat.
What We Do
On October 31, 2016, Street Ransom purchased a property in the Greater Roanoke Valley to serve this purpose. The next day we began work on the property and completed all major renovations without going into debt by the summer of 2017.
Street Ransom’s shelter will be Virginia’s only residential program dedicated to serving juvenile survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
1. Is the shelter open yet?
No, due to a need for the remaining funds. We currently serve victims and survivors through wraparound services.
2. Who will we accept/serve at the residential program? / What's our criteria?
Our residential program specifically serves females ages 11 to 17 years old who have experienced sexual exploitation and/or sex trafficking. Our priority is to serve those who are in the Commonwealth of Virginia, however we will accept out-of-state referrals as capacity allows.
3. How do the girls come to your program?
Various types of referrals: foster care system, detention center, court, parents, law enforcement, self-referral, etc
4. How many can you serve at a time?
Our residential program can serve up to 8 participants at any given time.
5. Where do girls go after your short-term residential program?
- Reunite with family
- Therapeutic foster care or placed with an expanded family through Patrick Henry Family Services (a church-based alternative to state-run foster care).
- Placement at a long-term residential program.
Report to National Human Trafficking Hotline?
Come up with a screening questions/protocol for handling cases?