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