Our Vision

Solid Ground International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration of individuals exploited by human trafficking and gender-based violence. We believe in healing and redemption for every survivor.

Our Mission

The mission of Solid Ground International is to provide housing, healing, and hope through the establishment and maintenance of transitional housing. We create safe environments and provide supportive services to enable residents to overcome their trauma and flourish in their independent lives.


The goal of SGI is to launch our residents into a successful, independent life. SGI maintains these operational and program goals:
  • Provide case management support to every resident to assist her in achieving independent living free from exploitation.
  • Partner with government and private agencies to facilitate educational and employment opportunities and assistance for residents.
  • Facilitate relevant social, medical, and mental health services for every resident to continue on the path of healing and restoration.
  • Offer opportunities for residents to participate in group activities, life skills training, academic tutoring, and spiritual development activities.
  • Conduct proper discharge planning in an effort to assist residents in obtaining safe, stable housing prior to exiting our program.

What We Do

A New Level of Service: Our Aspire Program

In an effort to build a more vibrant and active community and to ensure careful monitoring of each resident’s progress toward her long-term goals, residents require one more step of support prior to complete community reintegration. To address this need, we have established a new program called Aspire. Aspire provides more independence for graduates of our core homes and enables us to serve more residents overall. In this community-based home, the residents have an opportunity to gain confidence in using the life skills gained through living in our transitional homes. At the same time, they are able to complete educational goals and find safe, stable employment. Aspire offers financial and staff support where the women need it most while offering increasing independence for our residents.

Program Description

Residents of the core homes must go through an application and interview process prior to joining Aspire. After entering the community-based Aspire home, residents receive the following support:
  • Educational and new job requirements support
  • Regular onsite visits by SGI program staff
  • Food stipend
  • Medical and dental assistance
  • Continued life skills training
  • Case management support
  • Participation in group activities

Our Board

Lynette Hsu, MD

Lynette is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a clinical associate professor (affiliated) at Stanford University. She is honored to use her education in SGI’s work of redeeming lives.

David Wolter

President of the Board
David has worked in the management consulting business for over 20 years. Outside of work, he enjoys road biking and running. He hopes SGI can play a part in helping residents heal, grow, and pursue their dreams.

Sandra Borgest

Secretary and VP of Marketing
Sandra has extensive experience working with IT services in the Silicon Valley. She is passionate about empowering others to achieve their personal goals. In her free time, she is usually outdoors, organizing hikes, biking, or exploring the Bay Area.

Romina Yeganeh

Board Treasurer
Romina has a finance background and is currently an ERP and Finance Applications manager. Serving on the Board gives her an opportunity to empower women to move from a place of vulnerability to independence. Her hobbies include hiking, spending time with friends, and traveling.

Our Background

In 2012 Dr. Lynette Hsu volunteered in Cebu, Philippines as an Aftercare Associate with International Justice Mission (IJM). While training and teaching IJM aftercare social workers, she realized the full extent of the issues facing human trafficking victims. Though the survivors she met with had courageously persevered and healed from their physical and psychological wounds, Dr. Hsu learned that after IJM’s rescue and crisis care, survivors are vulnerable to re-trafficking because they are not fully restored and also lack the skills and experience necessary to be able to live independently. She felt it upon her heart to respond by creating transitional housing that provides shelter, food, life skills training and healing, moving survivors into independence and hope. Immediately after returning home to the Bay Area, Dr. Hsu and like-minded friends formed Solid Ground International.
“I am fortunate because, of all the people needing help outside, it was me who was chosen to be here. Just like in the Bible that there are a lot of sheep and one of them is lost, and I am the one who was lost. And so I am lucky to be here because I met all of you.”

~ Juliet, SGI Resident