Human Trafficking - San Diego Dream Center

The Dream Center offers victims of human-trafficking a 6-month recovery home and an emergency shelter for adult women survivors of domestic human trafficking in California.

The Rescue Phase consists of a variety of efforts to rescue a victim from her trafficker/pimp and help her make choices for her next steps. This phase includes our outreach program, emergency hotline, networking with other organizations and law enforcement, and everything that happens at the Emergency Shelter.

The Rebuild Phase is our 30-day program that focuses primarily on establishing a foundation for their recovery process. Volunteers work hard to develop relationships with the clients based on trust, accountability, and safety. During this time, clients receive help in obtaining their ID card, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, health insurance, and other services. The process also helps victims to reach emotional stability by facilitating curriculum specific to emotional healing.

The Restore Phase is 90 days of intensive, therapeutic recuperation. Clients attend 12 weeks of school, working through 10 regular classes, which include Communications, Anger Management, Boundaries, Budgeting, Fitness, Trauma 101, Art, Seeking Safety, and Women of the Bible. The objectives and curriculum of each class have been developed by the team and are specifically tailored to the residents. In addition to school, residents are given more responsibilities in the home, are expected to attend psychodynamic therapy with a Clinical Psychologist at least once a week, and meet regularly with their case manager.

The Final Phase, Pre-Transition, prepares residents for transitional housing placement. This part of the program helps residents learn the skills necessary to make their transition into society a little easier. Clients learn how to set up an email account, use the computer, use the bus system, open a bank account, get set up on cash aid programs, create a resume, apply and pay for college, have successful job interview skills, manage their time, get and stay organized, and more. The hope is that once they get to their transitional home, they can jump right into a job with a sense of confidence and assurance under their belt.

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