We are present. We are passionate. We are committed.
Gray Haven started out providing basic services like food, clothing, and victim advocacy. Over the years we have added to the depth of services we provide to identified survivors as well as use our knowledge base to increase victim identification and inform the community at large how to engage this horrific injustice.
We call it our method. Our method is by no means the only way to eradicate the issue. That rests on all of us. Gray Haven exists to ensure that as many barriers are lowered as possible giving survivors the opportunity to live free. Here's how we do it:
Intervention & Identification
We disrupt the flow of human trafficking by working with first responders and conducting outreach to vulnerable populations. By working alongside a diverse range of organizations we are able to ensure victims are identified and referred for survivor care in Richmond or elsewhere.
We advise and collaborate with government agencies, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, non-profit organizations, and the faith community to deliver training that goes beyond what human trafficking is to how we can address it and how to interact with survivors. Ultimately, we believe combating human trafficking does not rest on one organization, but on an entire community working toward that goal.
Human trafficking is a source of oppression, manipulation, and trauma. The foundation of healing for those affected by this experience begins through the safety of healthy, equality-based relationships.
We provide unconditional support as a survivor begins the journey of healing. We walk alongside each survivor as they navigate the complexity of life and move toward independence by
nurturing resilience, self-determination, and confidence.
Joining together to restore hope
Jennifer was rescued by law enforcement who contacted Gray Haven immediately so that we could provide crisis support. She was forced into sex trafficking at 16 and trafficked for the next 4 years. Law enforcement discovered the trafficker employed brutal tactics to restrain and control victims. And Jennifer was subject to routine physical violence and torture. Such extreme violence functioned to condition Jennifer to comply and never consider fleeing.
Law enforcement arrested her trafficker when they rescued Jennifer. As you can imagine this is a traumatic experience, but due to her courageous testimony the trafficker received a strong sentence and will be in prison for a very long time.
In the days and months following Jennifer's case, we provided case management and mentoring. We paired her up with a local therapist who specializes in sexual trauma and she was in a safe and healthy residential facility that specializes in care for trafficking survivors. Now, after a little over a year, Jennifer has moved into permanent housing, participated in our job readiness program, and started a job with a local business partner. While her complete healing is far from over, this past year has been different. For the first time in a long time she feels safe, free, and hopeful.
We are located in Richmond, Virginia.
We work throughout Virginia.
Survivors are referred to Gray Haven from all over Virginia. While we do not operate a residential facility, we are a hub for providing access to services. Many survivors referred to us are from the Metro Richmond area. We provide training across the commonwealth, as well as assist organizations in serving survivors and ensuring their freedom.