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.