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The name “Her Song” represents complete freedom with a new identity.

Her Song provides followup care for survivors of sex- trafficking to help them on their journey toward freedom, justice, and health. We want to see the exploited free and reaching toward their potential. Our day-to-day work involves caring for survivors in our safe homes through specialized residential programs.

Where do victims come from? Most of our clients come from right here in Jacksonville and are referred to us by local agencies including law enforcement and strategic partnerships within the judicial system. We also receive referrals through our national network of shelters for trafficking victims, from community members, the healthcare system, and attorneys, across the state.

This population can be uninsured, underserved, and victims often remain unidentified, misunderstood,  and marginalized. In addition, strong ties in unhealthy social networks, the effects of trauma, homelessness, addiction, and cycles of abusive relationships keep victims trapped. These barriers hinder access to appropriate health care, stable housing, and access to educational and economic opportunities. Health for trafficking victims is often difficult to achieve after years or decades of trauma and abuse unless the root issues preventing success are addressed. Her Song’s programs seek to address these obstacles so young ladies can achieve their goals and dreams.

We value and practice trauma-informed care and have a team of healing survivors who inform our practices as well. We are strength-based, client-centered, future-focused,  and collaborative in our work. No one can do this work alone. We highly value our strategic partners who assist victims with health care, dental care, specialized care, jobs at living wages, provide spiritual support as requested, and strong social support for victims in recovery.

Our Three Phase Residential Care Model

Phase 1: Rest. Being enslaved and sold 15-40 times per day is devastating to human life. This phase provides for immediate shelter and a short period of time for women to rest, to reset their bodies and minds, and consider next steps. Change is not easy and she has to be ready to engage in a dynamic process. During this phase, we provide group support and many individual conversations about the future and begin to create a plan for next steps.

Phase 2: Intensive Healing. This is a longer period of time (up to one year) that allows survivors time and space to heal from trauma and move from a survival-based existence to an intentional lifestyle. People do not quickly heal from repeated, cumulative traumas and it can be difficult for survivors who’ve been abused as children to address so many life challenges in a short-term way. This phase engages women in healing body, mind, and spirit through a focus on physical and mental health and well being, many types of therapy, a safe community and place to belong,  life skills training, and intentional educational and career planning. We provide a format for survivors to being to live in healthy ways. Upon completion of this program, women have the opportunity to progress to our Independent Living Home where they can put their newly acquired skills into practice.

Phase 3: Transform. Here women begin to work and independently exercise the life skills they have learned, continue in their education, and begin to execute a career plan focused on jobs providing a living wage. This safe home include appropriate support to assist women to take financial responsibility for themselves and build toward a sustainable future.  This is the final phase before survivors launch into their dreams.

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