The CAST Collaborative
The collaborative creates a highly effective comprehensive model that allows providers with a variety of specialties to work together to address the multiple issues related to Human Trafficking and provide a continuum of care to our clients.
All providers are nonprofit organizations, coming together with a united vision; Creating A Safe Tomorrow (CAST) for the victims of Human Trafficking through prevention, intervention, and education.
The CAST Collaborative will provide long-term housing or relocation (if necessary and requested by the client), trauma-focused therapy, life skills training, employment preparation, healthcare, legal services, social services, food access, and community education for prevention.
This program is designed to serve girls ages 12-17.
Our goal is to serve a minimum of 120 girls and women affected by Human Trafficking in San Diego County every year.
Girls Rising Above Child Exploitation (GRACE) provides services to victims of child exploitation, trafficking, and at-risk youth. Our three programs include GRACE Refuge, Retreat, and Ranch.
The Refuge is an after-school program in collaboration with San Diego Youth Services (SDYS); we offer art, music, yoga, and group therapy to girls in their drop-in facility.
The Retreat will be a transitional program offering short-term housing for the girls to meet immediate needs.
The Ranch will be a long-term program offering a safe house and rehabilitative services.
City Hope (CH) maintains a trained emergency crisis response team that is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond to Human Trafficking (HT) incidents. Response team members meet the immediate needs (clothing, hygiene products, food, etc.) and make immediate arrangements to further the safety of the client and provide shelter.
CH maintains a studio apartment style shelter that is extremely safe and very difficult to locate. At times, a motel room is a safer option, and CH will arrange for placement and payment of a motel room. Crisis relocation may also be an option. HT survivors have often been moved out of their home state. If the HT survivor has viable family members and it is deemed safe, an arrangement for relocation will include the purchase of a bus ticket or airline ticket for the survivor. CH also provides legal services, life skills training and employment.
Innocence Lost (IL) seeks to protect the at-risk youth of SD from the perpetrators of Human Trafficking through awareness and education. The goal is to educate and empower at-risk girls as well as community care providers (churches, mall security, and first responders) in an effort to prevent child exploitation.
The program brings HT education to schools, churches, service clubs, business groups, hair and nail salons, and massage parlors.
The presentations explain how children are lured into HT, what the signs to look for are, and how to intervene or call for help.
The anti-human trafficking hotline number
(1-888-3737-888) is also provided.