Speaker Spotlight: Freedom House
Freedom House is a San Francisco Bay Area-based nonprofit with a mission to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare. Not only are they doing great work for the community, but they’ll be spreading awareness about it at this year’s REDEFINED event too! There, their Community Affairs Manager, Ambria, will lead a workshop in the Allyship Circle on breaking circles of exploitation.
More about Freedom House
Freedom House works with law enforcement and community partners to identify survivors of human trafficking, and to provide them with the care and services they need to rebuild their lives. Their innovative aftercare model,breaks the cycle of exploitation and creates new futures for survivors.
In August 2010, Freedom House launched The Monarch in San Mateo County, creating the first “safe house” and long-term aftercare program of its kind in Northern California for survivors of human trafficking. The shelter supports both international and U.S.-born women, 18 years and older, most of whom arrive at the eight-bed residential shelter with no more than the clothing on their back. The Freedom House team works to support immediate needs like housing, food, clothing and transportation, while providing comprehensive case management for survivors. It’s a holistic approach, connecting survivors to medical, psychological, legal and social services.
The Monarch also provides resources for educational opportunities, English-as-a-Second Language classes and tutoring, life-skills courses, job training and internships. Program participants have the opportunity to receive transitional housing and services for up to 18 months.
Join Freedom House’s workshop on April 27th
At this year’s REDEFINED: A Day of Healing, the community affairs manager at Freedom House, Ambria, will be leading a workshop on Freedom House’s programs and how to support survivors. There will be a focus on trauma, especially long-term trauma–what complex post traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) looks like and why that is relevant to survivors of human trafficking. She will also share more on what it looks like to grow up in an unsafe place, how girls and boys are lured into exploitation, and how Freedom House steps in to break the cycle.
Ambria’s bringing their passion for providing unconditional love to others as they heal into the space, so this educational workshop is sure to be beneficial to people regardless of their relationship to this complex issue.
REDEFINED: A Day of Healing is Survivor Alliance’s largest event of the year, featuring over 2 dozen workshops and performances from local artists, healers, and organizers. Our 2nd annual event is happening April 27th at Humanist Hall in Oakland. Be sure to RSVP here, and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, collaboration ideas, or sponsorship.
Learn more about Freedom House at www.freedomhousesf.org/