We serve as a volunteer clearinghouse for individuals & groups of all kinds wanting to get involved in the fight against human trafficking happening locally.
We’ve created resources & a stellar online field guide which tracks every volunteer through the stages of understanding what Human Trafficking is, what the roots of it are both in the culture & in the human heart, what it looks like to pray through it, to serve those who have been affected by it, to participate in legislation against it, to participate in the purchase of goods not touched by it, to raise awareness about it, & also to stand shoulder to shoulder with those on the front lines of the fight locally – In ways that make sense to a volunteer’s schedule & skill sets, we get you off the bench & into practical service working against human trafficking. We also create, tailor, & shepherd best fit ongoing involvement strategies for businesses, orgs, churches, & groups of any size.
We connect, resource, & help strengthen locally-focused anti-human trafficking agencies.
We’re connecting with anti-human trafficking agencies in the city and have created a way to give each local agency direct access to our large volunteer base so that they are easily & quickly resourced with a steady supply of volunteers who, through our online Field Guide, have already received basic training about human trafficking & excitedly want to serve in the field of anti-trafficking locally. Agencies may also officially partner with ESC to have our staff handpick qualified volunteers for an agency’s short, mid, or long term volunteer needs. ESC is able to provide high-level background checks & relevant focused training before deploying an individual to serve with any agency in official partnership with ESC.
The greatest immediate need in
the anti-human trafficking
effort is for beds.
There are less than 150 beds nationally for rescued minors. There are less than 200 beds nationally for rescued adults.
The SafeHouse Collaboration is about working together with businesses, churches, social services, & local anti-human trafficking agencies to help fill one of the greatest needs at the front of rescuing human trafficked victims – The need for safehouses. Places, not jail, where the victims can be taken to begin the long & complex journey back to wholeness.
Our goal is to have SafeHouses across the Mecklenburg area. In 2015, ESC launched a SafeHouse with live-in staff & trafficking survivors. We’re now connecting with local business & churches to garner sponsors for our next SafeHouse launch in 2018.