Strategy

The SAFE Strategy

SAFE’s strategy has three essential elements:

Prevention

PREVENTION

Education and awareness to keep people from entering the sex industry

Intervention

INTERVENTION

Avenues for those who are being exploited to exit the sex industry

Restoration

RESTORATION

Multi-faceted, survivor-centered treatment to enable a healthy future

Phase 1 – completed!

Intervention

Intervention

Because the need for intervention is so high right now, SAFE put all its funds in Phase One into an Emergency Receiving Center (ERC) – a 24/7 place to help victims of sexual exploitation from across Washington state. Many victims were able to come to the ERC and get healing, hope, and a pathway to a brighter future.

Phase 2 – completed!

Prevention

Prevention

  • Bringing trafficking prevention curriculum into public high schools in King County.
  • Diverting men from purchasing sex by placing ads on websites where men frequently buy sex, as well as driving buyers to websites emphasizing anti sex-buying messaging.
  • Changing social norms around sex buying and sex trafficking by involving employers in prevention.
  • Sustaining the local Ending Exploitation Collaborative so they can continue to move the needle in Washington as well as replicate their success nationally.
Restoration

Intervention

  • Continue supporting the Emergency Receiving Center (ERC) in Seattle as a low-barrier entry point for girls and women who have been exploited to get safety, rest, care, short-term housing, and help to determine the best long-term plan to meet their individual needs and goals.
  • Increasing buyer’s accountability through courses that aim to decrease recidivism and gender violence.
  • Adding another Community Advocate on the eastside of the state in order to:

1) provide crisis intervention and case management for victims

2) identify gaps in local services and make recommendations to fill them

3) build partnerships with area providers to increase collaboration along the continuum of care for victims.

Intervention

Restoration

  • Providing jobs to survivors.
  • Creating a fund that service providers can draw upon to provide for a victim’s or survivor’s material needs as she is getting out, or trying to stay out, of the life. These dollars could be used for housing, substance abuse treatment, clothing, medical treatment, and/or transitioning into a long-term restoration program or facility.

Phase 3 – in progress!

Prevention

Prevention

All of the prevention and demand reduction efforts SAFE has supported in the past are continuing in Phase Three but are being funded through their organization budgets.  We never want to duplicate other donors’ funds, so we are focusing our Phase Three resources on critical needs in the movement where not as much funding is available.

Restoration

Intervention – Victim Services

  • Short-term housing/beds to give victims a place to get out of the life.
  • Work within tribal communities to provide survivor led, culturally based training and system implementation support to enhance victim services and pathways out of the life.  These pathways will include victim support, legal support and cultural healing activities.
  • Additional Community Advocate in the Greater Seattle area to:
  • 1) provide crisis intervention and case management for victims; and
  • 2) connect victims to local services to get them out of the life.
  • Additional Community Advocate in Eastern WA to:
  • 1) provide crisis intervention and case management for victims;
  • 2) connect victims to local services; and
  • 3) build partnerships with area providers to increase collaboration along the continuum of care for victims.
  • Community Advocate in the South Sound Region to:
  • 1) provide crisis intervention and case management for victims;
  • 2) identify gaps in local services and make recommendations to fill them; and
  • 3) build partnerships with area providers to increase collaboration along the continuum of care for victims.
Intervention

Restoration – Survivor Services

  • Jobs for survivors.
  • Longer-term housing options/subsidies for survivors to live in healthy places that help them stay out of the life.
  • Client assistance funds to meet a victim’s/survivor’s material needs as she is getting out, or trying to stay out, of the life, including housing, treatment, clothing, transitioning into long-term restoration, etc.

All SAFE grantees must be organizations that are:

SUSTAINABLE

Existing community of support
We fund organizations that already have a solid donor base and are not relying solely on SAFE for their program funding

COLLABORATIVE

Movement minded
We fund organizations that are thinking about the movement as a whole, not just their slice

TRUSTWORTHY

Sound financials
We fund organizations that can show good stewardship of resources

Long-term strategy
We fund organizations that are in it for the long haul, and have a vision for how to end commercial sexual exploitation

Commitment to working with others
We fund organizations that have a proven track record of working with others toward common goals

Effective governance
We fund organizations with strong internal structure which makes them more outwardly effective