We directly engage in the interception of young girls who are being trafficked and abused. Activities include alerting parents when girls stop attending school, children advocating for their peers, transit point monitoring, police rescue, and more. The goal is to 'intervene' in each girl's life and restore her to her family or guide her to a restoration shelter where she can be cared for.
Global Family and Daughter Project guidelines for victim care.
UNDERAGE AT-RISK GIRLS WITH FAMILY/PARENTS
Most other organizations that intercept or are given girls that can closely be associated with the trafficking issue (poor displaced, runaways, intercepted at the border, brought by police, rescued from the brothel, girl children of prostitutes etc.) are very eager to house these girls in ‘homes of hope’, ‘children’s homes’, orphanages, or other visible institutions. Although all studies have overwhelmingly demonstrated that children do best with their parents (even when parents are poor, have ‘immoral occupations’, live in bad communities or are from single parent homes) than in institutions. These organizations keep the girls in order to 'protect’ them and use them to build visible and profitable ministries. We believe that this practice by anti-trafficking organizations mirrors rather than challenges the spirit that drives the traffickers as the girls continue to be exploited for financial gain after their 'rescue'. Our approach is restoration. We want to quickly and gently return the girls to their own families. We only take children when the legal system has deemed the families unfit because of abuse or neglect. No other reason to remove or keep children from their families is acceptable.
UNDERAGE AT-RISK GIRLS WITHOUT FAMILY/PARENTS
Most other organizations continue to rely on an institutional approach to care for children who do not have families. The same studies related to childcare indicate that the next best option for children without families is to be placed in a foster care family moving toward adoption. We are committed to working through the difficult challenges of governments and cultural practice to develop family care systems modeled after international foster care adoption practices.
OF AGE VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING
Most organizations are eager to be able to help girls escape a life of exploitation of the brothels or the street. However, they often keep these girls for extended periods of time. We know several cases where these girls have lived in 'homes' for nearly 15 years. These organizations do not seem eager to move the girls to the highest level of independence possible. We, on the other hand, want to free the victims not just from the abuse of their former life as slaves/prostitutes but also from an identity that prevents them from being fully reintegrated into society. Our after care program focuses on independence, freedom, job training, counseling and discipleship in atmospheres of community. The girls are paid a salary, rent their own houses, and are trained in skills with a goal of seeing them released to other employment and/or marriage as they choose.
Daughter Project Girl's Home
Kern County, CA
The purpose of the DPGH is to meet a gap in services for at-risk and highly vulnerable youth. No child should be in a circumstance where they are displaced from a home, vulnerable to being out on the streets, and thus vulnerable to further exploitation, abuse, neglect, and/or commercial sexual exploitation or trafficking.
We serve as a safe place for youth to access, providing a positive therapeutic and social environment for youth to seek refuge, receive crisis intervention and case management as necessary, stabilize, and get connected to resources and services in the community that can meet their individual and long-term needs as they transition out of short-term care. Our mission is to create and maintain a safe, nurturing shelter that first meets the immediate basic needs of a youth in crisis, then, having done so, meets the specialized needs of at-risk youth by connecting them to a continuum of services to address their individual physical, emotional/ psychological, social, educational, environmental, and spiritual needs of the youth. In doing so, the DPGH hopes to lead youth towards successful transitions and outcomes, ultimately providing them with hope in a crisis situation and encouraging them towards their own empowerment.