On April 30, the Safe Shelter Collaborative, a collaboration between Caravan Studios, Polaris Project, and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, was named as a winner of the Partnership for Freedom’s Reimagine: Opportunity innovation challenge. It is one of two winners chosen from more than 160 submissions from 260 applying organizations.
As a winner of the challenge, the Safe Shelter Collaborative will receive $1.17 million to dramatically increase access to appropriate, supportive shelters for survivors of human trafficking. This project extends the ability of service providers and law enforcement to find shelter space for human trafficking survivors, and it also allows funding to place survivors securely and anonymously in hotels if no immediate shelter is available. Furthermore, the project, piloted in New Jersey, will build partnerships and deliver training to organizations in order to expand services to survivors.
About the three collaborating organizations: Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. It operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), pushes for stronger federal and state laws, conducts trainings, and provides services to human trafficking victims. Caravan Studios is the newest division of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization TechSoup Global. Caravan Studios works with communities to develop tools that help them organize, access, and use local resources to address pressing problems. The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJ DCF) partners with the state’s communities to ensure the safety, well-being, and success of New Jersey’s children and families. NJ DCF provides support and services to over 100,000 women, children, and families on a monthly basis.