Cambodia

Restorative care to help survivors dream again

For more than 10 years, Hope for Justice has been developing innovative programmes that assist survivors of sex and labour trafficking and forced marriage in Cambodia.

We run projects and facilities in the capital, Phnom Penh, and in Poipet on the border with Thailand. Our projects include a short-term assessment and transition centre for female survivors (all ages), which we call our Lighthouse. We also run a Dream Home long-term residential facility for girls when returning home or to family-based care elsewhere is impossible, until they are ready for independent living. On the border, our experts help to identify potential victims of trafficking and get them the help we need. We also run a school for survivors who may have missed out on an education, our Shine School. 

Our programs address survivors’ complex needs and provide a continuum of care from rescue until reintegration into mainstream society.

“Our response is a strategic one – focus on excellence, professionalism and outcomes to help victims find healing, hope and justice.”

 

Joshua Bailey
Cambodia Director, Hope for Justice

RESCUE IS A PROCESS,
NOT AN EVENT.

 

How Do We Tackle Trauma?

Restoring lives

Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a short-term assessment and transition facility for victims of sex trafficking, forced labour or forced marriage in the days and weeks immediately after rescue. Our intensive programme provides crisis support, family and community assessments, professional interventions and collaborative planning with government agencies to prepare survivors for reintegration into their communities or entry into a longer-term aftercare programme.

Dream Home

Our goal is to reintegrate girls with their families or family-based care. Where that is not possible, our Dream Home provides a safe place to live, offering trauma-informed care while empowering the survivor towards independence. Each girl receives personalised support to heal from her past, with holistic trauma therapy, medical care and life skills training. Almost all girls staying at the Dream Home also attend our Shine School.

Shine School

Our Shine School provides education all the way through 12th grade, and catch-up education that is formally recognised by the Cambodian government for primary (up to 6th grade) and secondary school (up to 9th grade), alongside vocational training and more. Education has a major impact on a survivor’s long-term financial stability, prosperity and resilience to the risk factors that often lead to trafficking.

A girl should not have to
carry the wounds
of her past

The goal of restorative care is not simply to address the trauma sustained but to help each individual move far beyond it. Each girl deserves the support needed to treat her trauma. Our holistic approach, with a comprehensive focus on individual needs, is the only effective response. Every girl in our program is empowered to live a whole, healthy life, free from the burden of her past exploitation.

Giving a girl choices
and a dream
restores her future

Each girl in our programs benefits from a nourishing environment that encourages and respects her choices. Our programs create bridges to opportunities that give her control over her life and provide the tools to realize her dreams. Each girl plays a prominent role in shaping and taking responsibility for her future so that she has a restored sense of dignity. With these practical and sustainable career and life skills we profoundly reduce the risk of re-trafficking.

Love

“I have experienced for the first time what love really looks like and I have learned what it means to love others”

Sopheak*