We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with TurnAround Inc, we have been named as finalists in the Partnership for Freedom Challenge Opportunity, led by Humanity United. For more information, please read our press release below. We look forward to updating you on this exciting opportunity in the months to come!
ARAMINTA FREEDOM INITIATIVE AND TURNAROUND,INC. NAMED FINALISTS IN PARTNERSHIP FOR FREEDOM
Innovation Competition Seeks New Ideas to Support
Human Trafficking Survivors in the United States
BALTIMORE, MD – Dec. 16, 2013 – Baltimore-based organizations Araminta Freedom Initiative and TurnAround, Inc. have been named as finalists in the first round of the Partnership for Freedom, a competition seeking innovative ideas to better care for survivors of modern-day slavery in the United States.
Araminta Freedom Initiative and TurnAround, Inc. joined together to submit THRIVE, a concept that will establish an aggressive new approach to long-term recovery for survivors of human trafficking in the Baltimore region. Their entry was selected from more than 160 submissions representing 260 applying organizations.
The THRIVE Partnership will focus on moving survivors past the initial stages of safety and stabilization to provide the tools and skills necessary for independence and self-sufficiency. This partnership focuses on holistic, wrap-around support, including the utilization of the Open Table model, specialized host families for survivors, mentoring, expansion of intensive case management and victim advocacy services, and an employment initiative. THRIVE will create an integrated safety net that moves the care of a trafficking survivor from individual case-management to include a restorative, transformational and holistic healing experience for both the survivor and the local community. We will walk beside survivors as they move from simply surviving to thriving.
Today, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. are currently living in some type of modern-day slavery. Although efforts to combat this crime have increased in recent years, care and recovery support for survivors remains inadequate. The Partnership for Freedom’s first challenge, Reimagine: Opportunity, is looking for creative, sustainable ways to address three critical issues faced by human trafficking survivors: sustainable housing, economic empowerment and social services. Two additional challenges will be launched in 2014 and 2015 to address other ways of combating human trafficking.
“We are humbled and honored to be one of the twelve finalists in the Partnership for Freedom competition series. Araminta and TurnAround’s partnership has the potential to create groundbreaking and transformational services for trafficking survivors in the Baltimore region.” Alicia McDowell – Executive Director, Araminta Freedom Initiative; Rosalyn Branson – Executive Director, TurnAround Inc.
Araminta Freedom Initiative and TurnAround, along with eleven other finalists, will participate in an Innovation Workshop in Washington, D.C. in January to further develop their ideas. The final winners will be announced in Spring 2014 and will receive funding to begin piloting their solutions.
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