Street's Hope provides survivor-informed, evidence-based services to adult women experiencing sexual exploitation associated with human trafficking, the commercial sex industry, and street-involved sex trading.
Street's Hope envisions a world where women can choose the trajectory of their own lives.
For women escaping trafficking, success comes in many different forms…
Things that many of us take for granted are life changing accomplishments for the trafficked women who are a part of Street's Hope. As we enter this season of thanks, we want to share some of the victories and achievements the women created in their lives with the help of Street's Hope.
Jane* - Jane has not had a home of her own for 13 years. She was living on the streets or in deplorable conditions that her pimp forced her into. This year, Jane graduated from the Street's Hope program and just moved into her own place. She is elated that she has safe and stable housing. And the cherry on top is she called to let us know she is up for a promotion at her job!
Juanita* - Before being trafficked, Juanita loved daily exercise and had dreams of becoming a chef. Her world went dark and the her dreams of being a chef seemed to end once her trafficker came into her life. Juanita figured this was it - being sold for sex 10 - 15 times a day would be her new reality. After taking part in the Street's Hope program for a year, Juanita has been able to rekindle her dreams. She recently obtained a job in the food industry and spends her free time in a dance exercise class.
Leigh* - From a young age, Leigh knew she wanted to go to college and become a writer. After being trafficked at the age of 15, her formal education came to an end and the dreams of college and becoming a writer slowly faded away. When the FBI called Street's Hope to see if we had a bed for Leigh, the timing was right and she entered our program. A year of healing and hard work led Leigh to completing her GED. She now attends university and is completing this college semester with 2 As and 2 Bs!
A job, a place to live; it's the simple things in life… What we all want.
This work is possible because of donors like you! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of women who come to Street's Hope after escaping sex trafficking.
*Names changed to protect identity.
"At Street's Hope, I feel like they put you together from the inside out".
*Maggie, a women burdened with years of abuse and pain came to Street's Hope in January of 2014, battered, broken and desperate for an escape from a life in the commercial sex industry. After a year in the Residential Treatment program, a year characterized by her unrelenting perseverance towards recovery, she finally feels solid ground beneath her feet.
"When I was living on the street I never felt safe or secure, and I was constantly waiting for the floor to drop out from under my feet."
Years ago Maggie found herself working in the commercial sex industry, where all she could do was gasp for breath and try to make it through until the next morning. It was a very lonely existence that drew her into a dysfunctional relationship full of pain and heartache, and no matter how abusive it became, deep down she believed that it was better to have someone than no one at all.
"I was surrounded by unconditional love and I have finally learned what true relationships really are, thanks to Street's Hope."
With this unconditional love, time, therapy, and a lot of hard work, Maggie has finally been able to break free from a life of abuse and its accompanying addictions, learn how to love herself, discover how to forgive others for what they did to her, and forgive herself for what she did to others. She has even rediscovered a love and talent for art and poetry, and is ready to thrive as a contributor to a healthy community.
Although Maggie has since graduated from Street's Hope's Residential Treatment program, she remains engaged with Street's Hope, serving as a peer mentor to other women who have escaped the industry.
"I want to provide others with a trusting relationship and show them the love and kindness I have seen at Street's Hope."