About This Program
Target Population: Domestic victims of sex trafficking ages 12-17
The Hope House is a free-of-charge residential program to assist domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) victims ages 12-17. The program offers home school education, trauma-informed model of care, therapy, health care, life skills, and spiritual mentoring.
The goals of Hope House are:
- Offer a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment
- Offer a trauma-informed model of care
- Provide caregivers to support the client that are specifically trained to understand the mindset and victimization of a sex trafficking survivor
- Provide a program that supports the client’s individual goals, helps her to develop her gifts and talents, and encourages self-esteem
The essential components of Hope House include:
- Trauma-informed and holistic model of care
- Specialized care that understands the complex needs of a sex trafficking survivor, as well as the methods of recruitment, force, fraud, and coercion that have been used to exploit her
- Empowerment and self-esteem building
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Weekly group therapy with no more than 4 participants
Hope House directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:
- Have been sexually exploited through the commercial sex industry
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:
This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: The clients meet with their family during family therapy time.
This is a live-in residential group home that provides 24-hour care.
The client is encouraged to commit to one year; however, they are allowed to stay longer, if needed. It is a voluntary program.
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Residential Care Facility
Hope House includes a homework component:
Various workbooks and empowerment curriculum are used.
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
All services take place at the group home or in the general area. The group home meets all of the requirements that the state's Department of Social Services requires of residential facilities for youth.
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree for Residential Manager, Bachelor’s Degree with 2 years Supervisory Experience in Social Work for Residential Director, and Master’s Degree with 2 years Supervisory Experience in Social Work for Residential Program Administrator.
Education and Training Resources
There is not a manual that describes how to implement this program ; but there is training available for this program.
- Lori Vaccaro, President
Training is obtained:
At home office or onsite depending on organization
Number of days/hours:
Depends on type of training needed
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Hope House.
Cooper, E. (2010, April 30). Sexual slavery on main street. Retrieved from the Christianity Today website: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/may/5.17.html?start=4
Memrick, A. (2013, March 23). Group to rescue girls in sex-trafficking trade. Retrieved from the Gaston Gazette website: http://www.gastongazette.com/group-to-rescue-girls-in-sex-trafficking-trade-1.116274
Sells, H. (2012, February 24). Off the streets: Helping sex victims for the long haul. Christian Broadcasting Network News.
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2015
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2017
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2013