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.