A young lady shared these thoughts with her Gracehaven case worker. Imagine being just 14-years old and passed from man to man, being told to do whatever they want. Then think about the all-too-often reality that she was trafficked by members of her own family for drug money!

Child sex trafficking has been called a world of "psychological shackles." The trauma runs deep. The effects can last for years. But there is hope and healing...and Gracehaven was founded to care for these young survivors, and to help prevent others from ever falling victim to the life.

More than 1,000 minors are sexually trafficked in Ohio annually.  Gracehaven employs a comprehensive strategy to ending child-sex trafficking:

 

Community Collaboration

Foundational to the success of Gracehaven's outreach is community collaboration. Partnering with community organizations, state and local governments, the court system, and law enforcement provides the greatest prevention impact and the highest level of care and support to children who have been trafficked. Key partners include the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition, The Salvation Army, the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force among many others.

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Prevention Education and Awareness

Teenagers who are at the most risk for domestic minor sex trafficking often have no concept of its reality. Their peers are often unaware of the risk to the teens around them.  We provide strategic presentations in the schools and other venues to educate youths and adults about sex trafficking. Presentations designed to raise awareness of the problem of trafficking are available for churches and other community groups as well.

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Intervention Training

Gracehaven trains professionals who may encounter victims of domestic minor sex trafficking on how to recognize and help them. Social workers, foster parents, healthcare professionals, teachers, parole officers, and first responders are just a fewof the groups who receive this training. 

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Community Case Management

Gracehaven provides comprehensive trauma informed case management to current victims and a variety of group therapies for at-risk populations through partnerships with organizations such as Columbus City Schools, Huck House, YWCA, and the Franklinton County Juvenile Detention Center. In 2020, Gracehaven expanded Case Management Services to Cleveland and Toledo areas. 

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Residential Group Home

In August 2015, Gracehaven opened a licensed therapeutic residential group home solely for minors who are victims of sex trafficking...a place where they can heal and learn to live the lives they were meant to before it was taken away.

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2020 Ministry Results:

Prevention Education with middle and high school students - 3,631

Awareness Training with teens and adults - 1,113

Adults in Intervention Training - 989

Teens in Case Management  -  55

Teens in Residential Care - 25

 

 

We are proud to announce that in October 2021 Gracehaven received a three year CARF accreditation. This has allowed the group home to achieve its certification as a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) in order to continue to serve the youth in Ohio.

 

Gracehaven is a verified member of the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance, a community of service providers for survivors of human trafficking.

 

Melissa Yao, Executive Director of the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance, shares her appreciate for Gracehaven.

 

Gracehaven has earned the Certificate of Completion for My Life, My Choice Advanced Residential Institute.