Empowering Survivors to Flourish

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Center for Justice & Reconciliation at PLNU
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Empower survivors of human trafficking to reach for a brighter future!


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Empowering Survivors to Flourish

Human trafficking is a public health crisis, and tied to the high recidivism rate is the survivor’s inability to attain a healthy and  financially stable life. Launching the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship helped us realize that there are many additional barriers beyond paying for college.

Education propels us toward our dreams, so we began to look at what additional support survivors need as they build new lives.  Because their exploitation occurred during key developmental milestones, survivors often lack essential life skills, and the combination of life skills and a college education or vocational training provides survivors the tools they need to build a restored and anchored life.

These efforts led to the launch of the OnRamps Collaborative, a regional effort we lead, to create access to education and vocational opportunities for survivors of trafficking. And out of OnRamps grew the new Flourish Academy, a place where survivors from around our region come to acknowledge the obstacles that have weighed them down, and learn a new way forward.

The Flourish Academy empowers survivors to pursue their healing through the lens of emotional, spiritual, physical, social, intellectual, environmental and financial health. Partnering with the Kinesiology and Integrated Wellness program at PLNU to design the new program, we are excited to offer this first of its kind opportunity for survivors to gain important life skills as they build new futures free from exploitation. 

Jessica Kim, the CJR’s Program Director of Educational Pathways, is leading the Flourish Academy.

“Survivors of trafficking are the most resilient people I know. It’s an incredible process to watch our University community come together to develop a program that will help empower survivors to change the trajectory of their lives,” says Jessica Kim. “We get to watch them move from survivor to thriver.”

We need your help to make it possible for every survivor in our region who wants to attend.

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