Every day children and young adults are lured into a world they cannot escape. In January the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) reported that there were 1,892 reports of human trafficking of minors in 2016. A 54 percent increase from 2015.
The Lifeboat Project has been open since September 11, 2013, and has assisted, loved, and continues to walk beside survivors who are local as well as survivors trafficked from different countries.
The Apopka-based Lifeboat Project provides comprehensive services to adult survivors of human trafficking. Services include:
- permanent housing and relocation
- individual counseling
- support groups,
- education- GED and college education
- job skills training
- life skills training
- career training and internships
- healthcare needs
- hobby classes
- Haven Home providers
Haven Home providers are community members who, after training and background checks, welcome a human trafficking survivor into their home for a short period of time while Navigators find housing and work alongside survivors to create all services needed and “wrap-around” a community of assistance, support and love.
Service providers provide weekly updates and meet weekly with the Director of Programming are required. The Lifeboat Project hopes to replicate itself around the country in collaboration with other like organizations and community services.
The Lifeboat Project created a free gaming App called ACT (Awareness Combats Trafficking) for junior high and high school kids. The App continues to grow with curriculum and translation in many languages. ECS has been awarded two prestigious awards for Gaming and Education Development.