EMPOWER HOW?

Empower Her Network collaborates with ready survivors of human trafficking who find themselves in the same vulnerable circumstance that led to their initial exploitation by removing housing barriers, financing education, and uncovering employment opportunities.

The  key to EHN’s early and ongoing success is rooted in its strong partnerships with residential shelters that reach a point where they have provided all the basic needs, therapeutic support, and social services available and it is time for the survivor to move on. It is a delicate moment: independence is possible but barriers abound. Our strategic partners nominate ready survivors who are at this critical juncture so that we can assist in paving a path that accounts for housing, education, and/or employment. Destination: Her choice.

Examples of Barriers We Address:

• Survivor has a job and can afford rent, but not the upfront last month/security deposit required

• Employed and mentally/physically ready survivor in a position to go back to school, who cannot afford the delta between financial aid and tuition

• Survivor with a specialty skill set from her home country that requires a certificate or license to practice in the United States

• There is a promising vocational path, but no financial aid offered to get the certificate

• Survivor has a skill set that requires equipment to leverage (i.e., seamstress)

The U.S. is in need of an organization that takes survivors down a path to independence and we are proud to partner with Lulu Frost and Blue Shoe Strategy to take on this worthy mission. Our pilot Empowerment Plan program is off and running.

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