To fight against human trafficking





1A1: A human trafficking educational media kit, especially designed for public school systems, was created in partnership with the local government and NGOs.

  • In 2013, 35,000 copies were distributed amongst the top at-risk middle schools and high schools, in Cuauhtémoc, one of the highest trafficking districts in Mexico City.
  • In 2013 and 2014, 42 cases of human trafficking were reported as a result of this prevention program.


Corazon Gomer: An undercover outreach project that uses a full service beauty salon as a community center that strictly serves prostitutes in one of the largest prostitution districts in Latin America, about 10,000 prostitutes trafficking prostitutes everyday. 1

  • Women come through word of mouth
  • Individual/group therapy sessions and English classes are held on location

The center has come to be known as a safe place where women can come, welcomed as they are, not only to receive beauty services, but where they can be empowered within a loving community.

INM (National Institute for Migration): Identifying possible international trafficking victims in the INM detention center.

  • The INM detention center is responsible for detaining all illegal immigrants north of Mexico City to the U.S. border.
  • EPDV makes weekly visits to the INM and provides trafficking awareness talks to the detainees in order to to help prevent further trafficking once they are repatriated.
  • Currently, EPDV is working with the INM director in order to help identify trafficked victims amongst the detainees.

PGJ (Procuraduría General de Justicia): Equivalent to District Attorneys, we are currently working in conjunction with the PGJ in the Distrito Federal and Estado de Mexico.

  • EPDV’s Safe home receives girls who are minors, under 18, who are rescued victims of sex trafficking.  Under certain circumstances, we also receive girls who are rescued from other forms of trafficking.
  • EPDV has been asked by the DF PGJ to train their prosecutors in order to better qualify/identify trafficking cases and to learn how to properly care for the victims and protect their rights.


Safe Home: EPDV runs a small capacity safe home for female sex-trafficked victims, for target ages of 12-18. Victims are received directly from Mexican state and federal governments after they are rescued.

Holistic Care

El Pozo de Vida has developed its own rehabilitation program for sex slave and sex-trafficking victims with collaboration from social workers, therapists, and other rehabilitation programs.  We are committed in offering the best recovery and care possible. With victims often being forced into drug addiction and servicing numerous clients throughout the day, the amount of physical, psychological and spiritual trauma is overwhelming.  At El Pozo de Vida, we believe in the importance of holistic care, where mind, body, and soul all are treated to help restore health, dignity and purpose.


Legal Services: Once the trafficking victims have transferred from the state or federal authorities into our safe home, we provide legal counsel and cooperate with the judicial systems through the completion of their cases. 

Holistic Care

When the girls first arrive in our safe house, we provide care with the following immediate needs:

•    Assess medical and psychological needs in order to stabilize their respective states

•    Provide new clothing as a physical marker toward a new road to recovery

•    Aid in any detoxification processes, as many will be recovering from forceds

Once the victims have been accessed as stable, our the rehabilitation process continues to provide the following services:

•    Education – we work with the Education Secretary of Mexico to incorporate them back into the educational system

•    Legal advocacy – in conjunction with the PGR (Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office), we advocate on their behalf in legal proceedings against their traffickers

•    Continuation of individual therapy

•    Family therapy and spiritual counseling

•    Life skills-teaching basic day-to-day skills that empower independence

•    Social work and reunion services – our desire is to reunite the victims with their families so long as the involved dispositions allow

•    Financial stability – we work to provide the victims with vocational and business opportunities in order to make them financially stable and viable