The Hope Found Project is our answer to the need for a trauma-informed approach to help persons in Eastern Ontario who have been sexually exploited. We are filling gaps in existing care while providing opportunities for persons exiting the sex trade to thrive in their new lives.
Since launching the Hope Found Project at the end of May 2016, Voice Found has already helped a significant number of women and girls find their way to a new life; one that is filled with promise and re-enforced by positive action. We have achieved a high level of success thanks to our ability to mobilize quickly and adjust to the specific circumstances of the individual. In addition, our collaborative approach has allowed our clients to have access to the best support available to suit their needs.
We respond directly to specific circumstances with exactly what is required. Sometimes, that might simply mean a helpful ear. Other times, it might require storing someone’s belongings while they find the time to make a better life, or providing transportation to safety. Flexibility, agility and understanding are key. Voice Found has the ability to mould itself to fit the individual’s need, rather than have the individual mould him or herself to fit a specific definition or process.
What makes our approach unique is that survivors of sex trafficking, sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse work with clients providing peer support. We are sensitive to the unique needs of each person and work alongside them to develop a pathway to a successful exit. Other service providers contact us when there is a gap in what they provide.
Funding for this project has been provided by the Department of Justice Victims Fund – Measures to Address Prostitution Initiative.