Mission: Prevent the exploitation of girls worldwide through empowerment and education
Programs: Prevention education: tell your friends- tell your friends is a four module multimedia prevention education curriculum taught in public junior and high school classrooms, after-school programs, youth shelters and group homes. Through educating high-risk girls and boys about their rights and resources in the classroom, the curriculum both empowers and motivates students with the knowledge, communication skills and community resources to keep themselves safe from exploitation and trafficking and to become peer educators who will "tell their friends, " families, and communities how to do the same. Using video, drawing, and song, the curriculum is an interactive age-appropriate curriculum that defines what human trafficking is, identifies risk factors teen girls and boys face toward human trafficking, talks about healthy and unhealthy relationships, draws links between intimate partner violence and human trafficking, and provides a citywide resource guide to students that helps them reach us and our 35 community-based partners across the d. C. Area. This curriculum is presented in a fun and interactive way that sparks the health debates and allows vulnerable teens to learn where they can get help. Annually, the tell your friends curriculum educates 1,000 teens across the d. C. Metro area. We currently have partnerships in boston, ma, and new haven, ct, where the programs reaches additional high-risk teens.
direct services: compassionate care - fair girls provides emergency response services and compassionate individualized care to both the domestic and foreign-born trafficked girls ages 11 to 21 in each of our program locations. Upon receiving a tip or call, a fair girls representative meets the girl on location to provide a comprehensive trafficking assessment and initial trauma response. Our team is comprised of licensed clinical social worker, outreach and case managers, survivor advocates, and social work interns who are trained in providing emergency care to trafficking survivors. We accept client referrals from local and federal law enforcement, government agencies, social workers, teachers, local partners, and the community. We also conduct regular outreach and provide referrals of missing and exploited girls to local and federal law enforcement. Our emergency teams provide a wide range of assistance such as: immediate hour crisis intervention, crisis counseling and initial overnight support to ensure girls feel safe and not alone, new clothes and basic toiletries to ensure the client's needs are met with compassion and dignity, personalized long-term counseling, referral to safe and confidential emergency shelter, referral to pro-bono legal support to ensure all immigration, criminal, and family matters are addressed quickly and confidentially, medical clinics to ensure the client's well-being and emergency health needs
art therapy: jewel girls is an economic empowerment and therapeutic art program that gives teen women a chance for safer, healthier, and brighter futures. Currently, jewelgirls supports 200 teen women in bosnia, serbia, russia, uganda, and washington, d. C. Participants come together each week to create unique jewelry while gaining access to therapy, new life skills, financial management skills, and pathways toward a future free of poverty and violence. Fifty percent of proceeds go directly to the individual girl artist while the remaining 50 percent goes toward purchasing new supplies and materials to sustain her program. Jewelgirls come from many backgrounds but all share a common interest in making their own lives better. Many of the young women participants of jewelgirls have experienced situations of sex labor trafficking, as well as extreme poverty. However, jewelgirls focuses on their resiliency and passion for a better life
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