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Core Belief

Our belief is that each girl in our care is created by God for a special purpose in this world. We acknowledge that part of her life story is that she is a survivor of sex trafficking. We also believe every girl has the ability to create a new life for herself as she is encircled with the support and love necessary to begin the healing process. We believe that every survivor of sex trafficking has the potential to be a change agent in this world, and to become a leader in her generation and a champion in the fight to eradicate the insidious crime of sexual exploitation of children.

CORE BELIEF

Our belief is that each girl in our care is created by God for a special purpose in this world. We acknowledge that part of her life story is that she is a survivor of sex trafficking. We also believe every girl has the ability to create a new life for herself as she is encircled with the support and love necessary to begin the healing process. We believe that every survivor of sex trafficking has the potential to be a change agent in this world, and to become a leader in her generation and a champion in the fight to eradicate the insidious crime of sexual exploitation of children.

WHY THE REFUGE?

Our nation has only recently begun to recognize that we have a severe societal problem in regards to the commercial sexual exploitation of children, also known as domestic minor sex trafficking. As more children are identified and rescued from their exploitive situation, there is a growing need for comprehensive, long-term, trauma-informed services to allow the child to heal and live a life of productivity and hope.  Currently, most children do not have access to the broad range of therapeutic services they need to begin their healing journey.  In most cases, if a child receives services, it is from multiple agencies, without coordinated planning, and usually lacking in critical areas of specialized focus such as addressing the complexity of the trauma, thus hindering proper development and growth.

Research suggests that victims and survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking face developmental, societal and legal consequences that have both short- and long-term impacts on their health and well-being.

Our response is The Refuge Ranch, which will provide long-term, holistic care in a pastoral and peaceful setting for girls ages 11-17, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking. Each girl in our care will have her own plan of restoration, which we call her Circle of Care. It will be unique to her age, situation and needs. Our comprehensive approach to long-term residential care includes on site education services, medical care, therapeutic programs such as gardening, equine, art, music and pet therapy, along with one-on-one counseling and group therapy with licensed professional therapists. The girls are housed in distinctively designed cottages that not only provide safety and security, but also a sense of family and community.  The Refuge Ranch is located on 50 acres of pristine land situated in a beautiful and restorative setting just outside the city of Austin.