The Hope Refuge® vision is dedicated to seeing that every sex trafficking survivor has a place of refuge where they can transition from slavery to freedom.
At least 100,000 to 300,000 American youth are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation annually in the U.S. (Estes and Wiener, 2001)
The goal of Hope Refuge® is to partner with other organizations and individuals to create additional caring facilities in cites around the world with an environment and supportive community in which trafficking survivors can heal from the trauma of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Through the programs, and in the context of a caring community, they will have an opportunity to discover their passions and gifts. Our hope is to see them empowered to think forward towards a future where their dreams and unique potential can be personally realized and shared with others.
OLIVE CREST’S HOPE REFUGE® CAMPUS IS NOW OPEN
Olive Crest is now open at the original Hope Refuge® site and it is now their Hope Refuge® Campus. Olive Crest’s Hope Refuge® Campus will function as a short term residential therapeutic program, with other Olive Crest programs to be gradually implemented in Santa Barbara.
Olive Crest’s Hope Refuge® Campus in Santa Barbara aims to provide for one of the greatest needs of teens who have been trafficked: a safe place where they can be restored and healed. This is one of the largest licensed Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program facilities specifically for 12 to 17-year-old girls who have been sex trafficked in the United States.
We provide support for 16 survivors who, for six months or more, are part of our full-service, live-in center and are provided with counseling, therapeutic care, education, and a fun and loving environment. These six months will incorporate opportunities to relax, learn, and participate in times of focused therapy to address the unique issues associated with the restoration journey.
Olive Crest’s Hope Refuge® Campus is located in a beautiful mountain facility on 214 acres in the mountains of Santa Barbara, California. For more information, go to: https://www.olivecrest.org/santa-barbara/
OLIVE CREST/HOPE REFUGE® FAQ
When will Olive Crest assume leadership of the Hope Refuge® Campus?
The Hope Refuge® Campus officially became a program of Olive Crest on March 7, 2022. The Hope Refuge® 501(c)(3) will continue to operate as a separate entity during this transition, as it determines its future in facilitating the opening of other residential locations.
Why Olive Crest?
Founded in 1973, Olive Crest has become a respected leader in the provision of prevention services and care to children and families, providing pathways of safety and hope to nearly 200,000 youth, children, and families in crisis in California, Nevada, and Washington. The alignment of both organizations’ missions makes this transition a perfect fit and will help advance our common goal of eradicating child abuse and keeping children safe.
Will programming at the Hope Refuge® Campus change?
Does Olive Crest operate other programs in Santa Barbara?
Although the Hope Refuge® Campus is Olive Crest’s first program in Santa Barbara County, the organization intends to expand its presence in the area to include pre- and post-adoption, family preservation, and transition-aged-youth services.
Will the employees at the Hope Refuge® Campus stay on staff?
Chuck and Sally Cook will remain on board as employees of Olive Crest, serving in Fund Development and Community Involvement roles. Many program staff have also decided to continue to respond to the crisis of commercially exploited girls and will remain in their current positions.
Can I donate to the Hope Refuge® Campus?
Yes! The Hope Refuge® Campus will continue to rely on the support of its dedicated donors. To continue your investment, or become a new donor today, you can visit www.olivecrest.org/hope-refuge. Your generosity will help provide a safe place of refuge to strengthen, equip, and restore these young girls who have been victimized.
Who may I contact for more information?
To learn more about Olive Crest, visit www.olivecrest.org or contact Sally Cook at email@example.com or 805.699.6097
WHY SUPPORT US?
THESE ARE OUR CHILDREN
THE AVERAGE AGE OF ENTRY INTO THE SEX TRADE INDUSTRY IN THE USA IS JUST 12 YEARS OLD.
(US Department of Justice, Child Exploration and Obscenity Section)
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- The average age of entry into the commercial sex industry in the U.S. is 12 years old. (U.S. Department of Justice, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section)
- 1 in 3 teens will be recruited by a pimp within 48 hours of leaving home and becoming homeless.
- At least 100,00 to 300,000 American youth are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation annually in the U.S. (Estes and Wiener, 2001)
- Once a minor, who is a victim of the sex traffic trade, is identified and rescued, there are few appropriate safe placements and homes available for them. (National Report on Domestic Sex Trafficking)
- Human trafficking involves the act of recruiting, transporting, harboring, or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion, or other means for the purposes of exploiting them.
- After drugs, the trafficking of humans ranks second as the most common organized crime generating billions of dollars a year. (UN)
- The Federal Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 defines sex trafficking as “a commercial sex act induced by force, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such acts has not attained 18 years of age.”
- The majority of those trafficked are women and children, with minors under the age of 18 being the most vulnerable (Congressional Research Services Report to Congress).
- 80-90 percent of sexually exploited children have a history of child sexual abuse.
- The National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Throwaway (NISMART) children estimate that 1.6 million children run away from home each year in the U.S.
THE NEED FOR PROGRAMS AND SAFE FACILITIES
The “National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking” states that there are a few facilities in the U.S. with programs that specifically address the complex issues that a sexually trafficked child faces. It is estimated that there are thousands of children in Los Angeles and Orange counties alone who are victims of sex trafficking. The “National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking” further states that more than 100,000 minors are being trafficked for sex in many major cities across the U.S. There are limited resources available to help survivors break free from the cycle of commercial sexual exploitation. Facilities that provide safety for survivors traumatized by the abuse in the sex traffic industry are critical.
BE AWARE OF HOW YOU CAN BE GROOMED FOR
HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?
The commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth in our country is a complex and difficult issue to understand. Many often ask, “How does a child or youth get involved and trapped in forced prostitution?” One of the most common ways is through coercion and manipulation, otherwise known as “grooming”. Listed below are some of the tactics that are utilized by predators (pimps) to take advantage of a young person as well as signs that someone is being “groomed”. Please read this and pass it on.
BE AWARE OF HOW YOU CAN BE GROOMED
What is grooming?
Grooming is a process by which victims are lured. How does a trafficker do this? By befriending and building trust with you. A trafficker will take a special interest in you to create a relationship. This is generally in the form of a relationship as a boyfriend/girlfriend, as a mentor, or as a friend.
They tend to use secrecy, blame, gifts, or threats of violence to keep you from telling somebody. They are doing this because they know if you tell someone what they are doing that they will no longer have power or control over you.
AM I BEING GROOMED?
- Have they ever said, “If you love me, you’d do it?”
- Have they ever said “Everyone else is doing it?”
- Have you ever been put down for your values or found your values being challenged?
- Do you feel more isolated since being in this relationship?
- Do they give you gifts or do things for you that may seem excessive?
- Do they provide you with alcohol or drugs?
- Do they have a permanent address?
- Are there other women living in their house?
- Do they encourage you to meet with them by yourself or in secret?
- Have you met their family or friends?
- Do they have a regular job that they discuss with you and go to?
- Do you find yourself being pressured into saying or doing things that make you feel uncomfortable?
- Have they created any secrecy around your relationship?
- Have they ever asked about your sexual experiences, any fantasies you have, or how you might feel about doing certain sexual things?
- Do they ask you to be on video/webcam so they can see your private parts?
- Have they somehow gained access to things that you have not shared with them?
- Are they offering to get you a job? Even a job out of town?
VALUES AND BOUNDARIES
Knowing your values and boundaries will help you when you feel under pressure. Think through each question and know how to respond. This will prepare you for healthy relationships.
“If you love me, you’d do it.” No. If you love me, you (a) wouldn’t have just said that, and (b) would respect my decision.
“Everyone else is doing it.” Well, I’m not everyone else.
“You’re square.” No. I’m just comfortable with who I am and what I want.
Remember, being groomed is generally under the disguise of your boyfriend or girlfriend. If your answer is yes to any of these questions, find a person whom you can trust (best if they are adult) and be transparent with them about your relationship. If you have even the slightest uneasiness about the relationship, reach out to that trusted person for help.
WHAT ARE SOME INDICATORS FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Indicators for human trafficking?
- Living with employer
- Poor living conditions
- Inability to speak to any individual alone
- Employer is holding identity documents
- Unpaid or paid very little
- Signs of physical abuse
- Submissive or fearful
- They have a tattoo (i.e. “Daddy”, $ sign, a crown, money bag, bar code)
- Under 18 and in prostitution
- Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Share your expertise with the Hope Refuge® Campus and find out how you can leverage your time, talent, and philanthropic resources to combat sex slavery
Bring our trafficking awareness campaign to schools, churches, or organizations
Start your own awareness & fundraising campaign
Hope Refuge® is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established in 2013 in response to the growing awareness of the crisis in America involving children and young adults who are being trafficked in the commercial sex industry. There are thousands of American-born children and youth who are being sold for sex in many cities across America. There are few resources that address the trauma experienced by those who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
At the beginning of 2022, the Hope Refuge® Campus became a program of Olive Crest. Although the Hope Refuge® Campus is Olive Crest’s first program in Santa Barbara County, the organization intends to expand it’s presence in the area to include pre- and post-adoption, family preservation, and transition-aged-youth services.
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