Recovery Centre

Creating a safe space for survivors of human trafficking and building the pathways to prevention and justice are necessary for the battle against trafficking in persons.

Project Information

Project Status: Active
Start Date: March 1, 2013
End Date: Ongoing
Countries: Sierra Leone

Resources

Trafficking in-person protection recovery center

The Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) has made significant, if uneven, progress over the last decade addressing Trafficking in Persons (TIP). Threatening this progress, the Ebola outbreak created unforeseen difficulties that left Sierra Leoneans more economically fragile, lacking food security, and vulnerable to the tactics of traffickers.

That’s where the WHI Recovery Centre project makes a difference. The Recovery Centre provides comprehensive and safe residential care for survivors of human trafficking.

Sierra Leonean stakeholders (GoSL, Sierra Leone Police, NGOs, etc.) continue to identify and refer TIP survivors to the TIP Recovery Centre. 

Project Goals
  1. The goal of the program is to provide holistic care to survivors of human trafficking.  
Expected Outcomes
  1. Sustain ongoing intake and care of TIP victims through the provision of holistic, residential aftercare for female victims (as well as boys ˂10 years old) of any form of TIP
  2. Provide case management services for male victims (˃10 years old) of any form of TIP
  3. Advocate for survivor-centered investigations and prosecutions;
  4. Foster survivor reintegration; and,
    Strengthen multi-disciplinary partnerships

survivors of Gender-Based Violence received holistic aftercare in 2018

returning migrants (primarily trafficking survivors) received psychosocial support in 2018

trafficking survivors were reunited with their families in 2017

How It Works

The centre provides residential care for survivors while providing psychosocial, physical, and social support. The centre has also sheltered young women being trafficked.

WHI partners with the GoSL ministries and SLP in TIP investigations, victim identification, and perpetrator prosecution activities–thereby promoting public safety and rule of law, strengthening the social service safety net, and supporting the efforts of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA), Family Support Units (FSUs), and the SLP to provide services to TIP survivors and their families.

In these activities, WHI provides direct services, while GoSL ministries ensure minimum standards of care are followed, GoSL investigates crimes, and the judiciary prosecutes TIP cases.

Combatting TIP in Sierra Leone continues to require a robust, multidisciplinary and sustainable response.

Sierra Leone High Court Hands Down Sentences on Two Traffickers Convicted in Landmark Anti-Trafficking Case

“Exploitation like human trafficking is terrible because not only is it enslavement, but it also preys on the victim’s hopes for the future and steals their dreams, their trust, and their opportunity,” stated Saidu. “Now there is a message from the Government of Sierra Leone that this is not acceptable.”

Strengthening the Capacity of Border Law Enforcement Personnel

Law enforcement officers involved in cracking a major trafficking ring had just completed an anti-TIP training facilitated by World Hope International…

Healing Through Games

How do you help young children affected by trauma begin to heal? What about younger children who don’t understand they have been abused…?

A Test that Saves Lives

“I remember telling a CHW who was also a tribal birth assistant and how excited she got that she could provide better care and have a better monitoring system for women in her community…”

Breaking Barriers and Living Fully

“I want every one of our kids to know they are special and to have play and joy in their lives. Integrating sports and sports therapy in our program gives a space for this in addition to breaking barriers…”

AN ORGANISATION YOU CAN TRUST.

Please note that in the unlikely event a specific appeal becomes overfunded, surplus funds will be redirected towards a similar relief or community development project.

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