At the heart of the programs created by the Life of Freedom (LoF) Center is to mobilize the community to effectively respond to human trafficking.
Caring for Survivors
In January 2013, the LoF Center started offering direct client services to provide survivors the opportunity to live a life freedom from commercial abuse and exploitation.
Every individual receives love, safety, healing, acceptance and long-term support and resources through a collaborative team that includes a Case Manager, a therapist, and a mentor.
The LoF Center is currently accepting referrals for adult female survivors of human trafficking and live in the South Florida region.
Services provided by case managers include assessment, case planning, case facilitation and management, counseling, referrals, and outreach. Case Managers at the LoF Center coordinate with local agencies to provide short and long term care necessary to meet the wide range of needs related to commercially sexually exploited adolescents and adults.
The Life of Freedom center supports a mentor model that pairs specially trained and screened community members with survivors to encourage their use of services available at the Life of Freedom Center and restorative and empowerment programs available from community partners.
Mentors also take mentees into parts of the community where they have been denied access during their period of exploitation: like movies, restaurants, and other cultural and social events. These outings help the girls bond with their mentors as they get to experience ordinary activities, thereby building their confidence and social skills.
A Hope Tote is an all-in-one care package with supplies that front-line responders can hand human trafficking survivors at the time of rescue. Assembled by volunteers, all materials and distribution services are provided by volunteers.
The LoF Center, regularly hosts workshops, orientations, and training events to teach children, teenagers, young adults, parents, students, youth advocates, and other members of communities on how to identify and report incidents of abuse and exploitation, understand the intersections and relationships between all forms of abuse and exploitation, and the increased vulnerability of all women and children survivors to continued abuse and exploitation if help is not provided.
As part of our mission to protect the innocent the LoF Center offers the following multi-media presentations:
Protecting Our Kids
For children as young as 12 and their parents.
Children are being targeted by traffickers and sexual predators. The LoF Center believes information and awareness are key to protecting families from sex trafficking. The “Protect Our Kids” awareness event is meant for parents and children as young as 12. The information packed session offers a community awareness presentation, a video documentary on the topic and a Q&A session with field experts.
Child Sex Trafficking 101
For highschool age youth groups, leaders in youth programs, adults, parents, care professionals
A multi-part training with an emphasis on domestic sex trafficking along with an overview of effective strategies in the prevention of this crime and intervening upstream in the lives of at-risk youth. Participants also gain insight on the traumatic impact that trafficking makes in the lives of survivors and their vulnerability to be re-victimized. Workshops include mock simulations of scenarios where participants advocate on behalf of a survivor, practice spreading awareness, learn to identify the signs of potential human trafficking and more.
Request a Speaker
Since October, 2011 the LoF Center has hosted orientations on the role of the community in combating abuse and exploitation in locations around Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe County, in English and Spanish.
Visit our Speakers page for details on presentations on: “The Connection between Sex Trafficking and Pornography”, “Demand: The Monstrous Secret Behind Child Sex Trafficking”, “Mobilizing Community Resources in Response to Sex Trafficking” and more… All presentations available in English or Spanish.
Learn how to identify and report suspected sex trafficking in your community. This training offers volunteers a safety orientation and information on missing children from their immediate community and their vulnerability to exploitation and abuse. Volunteers then visit local businesses and share on how to identify and report suspected sex trafficking. At the same time participants conduct a survey for signs of commercial sexual exploitation.
Internet and Phone Outreach
The LoF Center trains and equips volunteers to conduct safe and effective internet and phone outreaches dedicated to reaching out to girls and women in the sex industry. Our desire is to form trusting and nonjudgmental relationships with women and girls who are victims of any form of sexual exploitation – strippers, prostitutes, pornography actors, etc. By sharing the Love of Christ with these precious daughters of the King. We give them encouragement and the courage they need to break free from their exploitation.
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The LoF Center offers immersive retreats and professional level workshops that train individuals on effectively mobilizing within their community and effectively respond and serve individuals that have been rescued or at risk of being enslaved by sex trafficking.
Set in Miami, Florida, an area with the third highest rate of reported trafficking, groups of up to 12 participants can attend a 3 to 7 day retreat that includes classroom workshops followed by field activities and simulations where participants learn to start practicing their new skills.