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goal of The Arbor Charlottesville’s safe house is to provide adult, female human trafficking survivors
in Virginia a safe place to live, thrive, and flourish following their
trafficking experience. This
primary goal ensures healing and stability for survivors, and ultimately
creates a community environment where modern-day slavery may be eliminated. In
addition to one year of free room and board, survivors have access to
comprehensive case management so that they may be connected to existing
resources in the Charlottesville community to meet their aftercare needs. These
services include trauma-focused counseling, medical services, legal advocacy, education
and job skills training. The approach to care is holistic and individualized,
so that each woman entering the program will have access to free programs and
services that will meet her basic needs and provide a safe space to recover
and reintegrate into society.
Arbor Charlottesville became a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in
December 2013 with a mission to provide long-term housing and holistic
aftercare services to victims of human trafficking in the state of Virginia.
Prior to its official opening in January 2015, The Arbor board of directors
conducted a thorough needs assessment in an effort to confirm the existence of
trafficking in Virginia. Throughout Virginia, D.C., and North Carolina, The
Arbor interviewed police officers, hospital social workers and medical staff,
in addition to domestic violence and other crisis center staff. More than
eighty percent of those interviewed confirmed that they had encountered
trafficked individuals in their work within the past year, yet the lack of
victim services across the state was apparent. Though the long-term nature of the safe house is a unique
service in Charlottesville, the organization works collaboratively to connect
clients with the services already present in the community.