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SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2017-07-21T09:57:59+00:00

Project Description

The Dominican Republic

Endearing optimism, merengue music, baseball, and miles of beautiful coastline are familiar aspects of the Dominican Republic landscape. But the scenery is not always this picturesque. Sex tourism and cheap labor are lucrative commodities in the Dominican Republic. The commercial sexual exploitation of minors by foreign tourists and locals is a common sight, especially at beach resorts and the street level.

Migrant workers and undocumented Haitians seeking better employment opportunities often find themselves engaged in forced labor in the agricultural and construction sectors. Women and children may be forced into prostitution, street vending, and domestic work for survival.

Our partner, International Justice Mission, has been successfully rescuing trafficking victims and filing and prosecuting cases against traffickers since 2013. Once rescued, there is limited government assistance available and there are no government funded aftercare facilities. IJM provides aftercare services but requested that we consider opening a home to address the need for transitional housing for girls who cannot safely return to their communities.

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estimated slaves
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“SGI will help fill a critical need in the Dominican Republic for transitional housing for sex trafficking survivors.”

Fernando Rodriguez, Jr., Field Office Director, IJM-Dominican Republic.

SGI Santo Domingo Milestones

2015

ESTABLISHED WORKING MODEL FOR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM

2016

FIRST VISION TRIP TO SANTO DOMINGO

2017

RECEIVED INCORPORATION STATUS

RESTORE A LIFE TODAY

“SGI provides for the resident’s needs beyond the material, especially in their emotional healing. We are with them side by side and we support them.” – SGI Social Worker

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