The Design Guidelines for transition housing we developed support the needs of all victims, regardless of background, and can be used for awareness, fundraising, and planning.
As estimates point to 60-80% of sexually exploited youth being Native, Native needs are pulled out and separated.
This way, it becomes easier to show particular design interventions that relate to the Native community. Sasha Brown, a Native advocate described the need for transition housing as:
Sex trafficking is undermining our collective mission to create positive transformation and empowerment in our communities. Our youth are denied the right to a childhood and their entire life trajectory is altered permanently….. Addressing trafficking is a major priority for us….. The Design Guidelines you will provide for us will be a tremendous resource of information that can shape the future work we do to create holistic housing for these women.
The Guidelines contribute to the No Wrong Door model’s recommendation to “Ensure access to safe and supportive housing” for all sexually exploited youth.
Projects in Progress
Below, you can see other efforts to develop transition housing that serves the needs of trafficked victims. You can reach out and connect, share resources and ideas.
Brittany’s Place – St Paul, MN
Founded in 1971, 180 Degrees is a social service agency located in St. Paul, MN. 180 Degrees operates emergency shelters and residences for homeless youth, at-risk youth, sexually trafficked girls, and men rebuilding lives following incarceration. As part of continuous improvement, we regularly evaluate client needs, outcomes, and programming. In 2019, in alignment with a key strategic goal: “Buildings and physical resources are designed and maintained to ensure the best experience for clients and staff,” we completed a comprehensive assessment of our real estate and facilities. A recommendation from that assessment included exploring client and community needs and design options to add transitional living space to Brittany’s Place, our shelter for girls under 18 who are victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. As this service field is new and evolving, we invite any service partners interested in adding transitional living facilities to join us in collaborating on best design practices for this population. Contact: email@example.com
Women of Destiny – Jamaica
Women of Destiny, Ja is hoping to build a shelter for victims of gender-based violence in Jamaica. According to Jamaica’s First National Survey launched in 2018, 1 in 4 women in Jamaica has experienced intimate partner physical and sexual violence in their lifetime. This has considerably increased since 2017, where studies revealed that 15% of women aged 15 to 49, who have ever married or partnered, have experienced physical or sexual violence from a male partner. Jamaica currently has one women’s shelter on the eastern part of the island and is anticipating another in the western section. For more info, please contact Olivia Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
. Women of Destiny Jamaica Facebook