SAFE PASSAGE’S HOLISTIC AFTERCARE WILL HELP VICTIMS ADDRESS THEIR PRESENT CHALLENGES AND NEEDS, OVERCOME PAST ROOT CAUSES, AND TAKE HOLD OF TOMORROW’S HOPEFUL POSSIBILITY.
Safe Passage, Inc. was formed in 2018 in response to the need for Kentucky to open a shelter for sexually trafficked and exploited children. Today, Kentucky is annually investigating over 250 cases of child trafficking in our state. 94% of these victims already have a history with child welfare, telling us our most vulnerable children are at serious risk of becoming trafficked. Youth who are homeless, runaway, poor, abused, and neglected are most at risk for the worst things in life, including continued poverty, abuse and even trafficking. We face a reality where these unfavorable (and uncontrollable) socio-economic factors tie directly into child trafficking. Traffickers prey on these children; those who come from unstable homes, are looking for an escape, and are vulnerable and desperate.
Right now Kentucky has no shelter that specializes in serving trafficked children. These loved ones don’t fare well in crowded group homes that overlook and generalize their many complex needs. Safe Passage will be a unique space specifically designed for sexually trafficked and exploited children. We know this isn’t the end of the road for them. They have an entire hope-filled life ahead, and Safe Passage will be just one chapter. So whether they come for a short bit, or to stay, they’ll be safe, loved, and championed while they prepare to make their way back into the world.
Mission: Safe Passage is a faith-based organization working to open Kentucky’s first shelter for sexually trafficked and exploited children.
Vision: Through comprehensive services victimized children will find healing and restoration, their caregivers will be encouraged and equipped to partner with them, and at-risk teens will be empowered to seek peace and justice. We value holistic services rooted in trauma-informed and evidence based practices. We champion community partnership to safely and efficiently serve children through a continuum of care. We cherish the individual journey that each child is on, and steward their needs and dreams through personalized services.
24/7 shelter and aftercare services for girls
Outpatient services, even for boys
Support and training for caregivers
Prevention for middle and high-school students
We presently offer prevention and awareness education to both adults and students, and are working to open our residential shelter in 2020.
Cara Starns - Founder and President
Drawn to issues regarding non-profit development, serving victims, and responding to social injustice, she studied International Development at the University of Kentucky. From there, she moved to Uganda to launch a sponsorship program for orphans. After returning home she accepted a position with Refuge for Women as their National Grant and Blog Manager. Later on she was tasked to develop a Refuge for Women site in Louisville, KY. It was during that year when Cara learned Kentucky has no shelter for trafficked children, despite the growing need to open one. With the help of many others, she founded Safe Passage to serve trafficked children in Kentucky. Cara is also writing a book. Her story is about overcoming adversity, fear, and finding a good God even when nothing seems good at all.
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