The mission of Freedom House is to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare. Freedom House upholds the core values of love, honesty, compassion, professionalism, and teamwork. They work closely with law enforcement and community partners to identify human trafficking and to provide them with the care and services they need to rebuild their lives.
In 2009, Freedom House founder Jaida Im was awakened to the cruel fact that modern-day slavery existed in her own backyard. Human trafficking was rampant in California. While questioning the impact one person could make against the second-largest international crime, Jaida was overwhelmed by the enormity of the problem and her lack of knowledge about the issue. Still, she was convicted to act.
Freedom House established The Monarch for women in August 2010 in San Mateo County, which became the first residential shelter and long-term aftercare program of its kind in Northern California. At the end of this year, Freedom House will be opening The Nest for girls ages 12 to 17, located in Santa Clara County.
The pioneering Freedom House aftercare model has a holistic approach, with medical, legal, psychological and social services. Counseling, individual case management, 24-hour professional staffing, educational opportunities and vocational training are provided, in addition to meeting a survivor's basic needs: food, clothing, housing and transportation. The program is designed to empower survivors, supporting them in their journey of moving out of their past trauma to a future of independence and self-sufficiency.