AFTERCARE: RESIDENTIAL AND COMMUNITY-BASED
We partner with each survivor as she progresses through our comprehensive aftercare program. Compassion First's (CF) primary aftercare facility is Sarah's House--a loving and joy-filled home environment. Sarah’s House is an all-in-one, 24-hour, secure care facility where meaningful, trauma-specific therapeutic care from qualified Indonesian and expatriate staff is made available. CF is also a licensed education provider; survivors not only have the opportunity to re-engage their education but are able to pursue graduation and progress to higher education opportunities.
Many of the services available at Sarah’s House are also available to survivors who are able to return home after rescue as well as those who reintegrate after a season in residential aftercare. These services are available through the CF Residential and Community-Based Aftercare Program.
Every child in Compassion First’s care has been legally rescued by local police. Most trafficking survivors will be called to testify against their traffickers in court. Each child in our care is provided with her own attorney who assists and protects her throughout the process. A court day is a well-prepared event for staff and survivors alike. Each survivor goes into court with the best possible preparation from her counselor, attorney, prosecutor, and security staff. Through an agreement with the courts, a survivor is accompanied by a House Mom who sits beside her in the witness chair. Throughout the entire legal process, CF partners with law enforcement and prosecution to keep survivors safe and comforted.
PARTNERED PEER-TO-PEER LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING
In partnership with Portland, Oregon's Police Bureau, Compassion First conducts peer-to-peer best practices conferences for local Indonesian law enforcement. These conferences are joined by representatives from the United States Department of State, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Homeland Security. In separate and conjoined efforts with police, prosecutors, and judges, CF conferences have been a success on several fronts: Front-line law enforcement officers have better tools for victim identification and victim sensitivity; there has been an increase in the launch of investigations and rescues at the regional level; and greater inter-agency cooperation through the court process has been facilitated.
Through these conferences we have also developed important relationships with regional civil departments such as the courts and prosecutors. From these relationships we are seeing genuine progress in the prosecution of those committing human trafficking crimes.
CASE-MANAGED INTERVENTION SUPPORT
CF does not actively participate in any investigation or intervention activity. We work in partnership with local police departments charged with the protection of women and children (called PPA units). In most cases, when reports of a sexually exploited child are made, a PPA unit will not have the ability to respond due to a lack of funding. CF case-manages and coordinates the funding of rescues through a network of resources, including the COMPASSION FIRST RESCUE FUND. Additionally, CF social workers have the opportunity to begin their work with families ahead of a child's rescue.
If you would like more information about how to be involved with CF International Survivor Care, please complete the form on our Be an Advocate page and a member of our Development Department will be in touch with you soon.