Caravan Studios Wins Competition for Innovative Solution Supporting Human Trafficking Survivors

Winning project, the Safe Shelter Collaborative, will help survivors of human trafficking access a safe place to stay.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--()--Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global, is a winner of the Partnership for Freedom’s Reimagine: Opportunity innovation challenge for its project, the Safe Shelter Collaborative, which will dramatically increase access to safe, supportive shelters for survivors of human trafficking.

The Partnership for Freedom has awarded the Safe Shelter Collaborative with $1.17 million for its solution to revolutionize the way survivors of human trafficking access safe shelter as they embark on their path to freedom, independence, and self-sufficiency. It is one of two winners chosen from more than 160 submissions representing 260 applying organizations. Grants for the Partnership for Freedom winners are funded entirely by private donors, including Humanity United, Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Initiative, and Steven Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation.

The Safe Shelter Collaborative is a powerful alliance between social innovators at Caravan Studios and anti-trafficking experts at Polaris Project. Together, they will work with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and with other government agencies to pilot the project in areas where there is a shortage of shelter for human trafficking survivors.

The Safe Shelter Collaborative project will greatly extend the ability of service providers, law enforcement agencies, and other stakeholders to either find immediate shelter space for survivors or, if none is available, access funding to place them in hotels. Using mobile and crowdsourcing technology, the project will engage individual donors to fund emergency hotel stays for survivors securely and anonymously. The project will also leverage existing local resources, build partnerships in related fields to fill gaps in service, and deliver tailored training to organizations to expand the availability of quality, specialized services to survivors of human trafficking.

“The survivors we serve have experienced ongoing hardship when trying to secure a safe place to stay after they exit their trafficking situations. Polaris Project is honored to be part of a collaboration that will increase appropriate shelter options for survivors of all forms of human trafficking, so that they can successfully rebuild lives of their choosing,” said Kate Keisel, Director of Polaris Project New Jersey.

“The lack of available shelter space for human trafficking survivors is deplorable. We’re very happy to be able to work with an expert and committed organization like Polaris Project to change that,” said Marnie Webb, CEO of Caravan Studios.

Learn more about Partnership for Freedom’s Reimagine: Opportunity challenge at www.partnershipforfreedom.org or follow #PF4 on Facebook and Twitter.

About Caravan Studios

Caravan Studios is the newest division of TechSoup Global, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For over 25 years, TechSoup Global has leveraged technology to build NGO capacity towards solving social problems in local communities and fostering global social change. Caravan Studios works with communities to develop tools that help them organize, access, and use local resources to address pressing problems. Find out more about Caravan Studios at www.caravanstudios.org or follow it on Twitter @caravanstudios. TechSoup Global is online at www.techsoupglobal.org.

About Polaris Project

Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery. Named after the North Star "Polaris" that guided people escaping slavery along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking. To get help, report a tip, or request information or training, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, operated by Polaris Project, at 1-888-373-7888, or send a text message to BeFree (233733). Learn more at www.polarisproject.org.

About Partnership for Freedom

The Partnership for Freedom is a public-private partnership that was first announced by President Obama during his landmark speech on human trafficking in September 2012. It is led by Humanity United, a foundation dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom, and the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative and Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation.

Contacts

Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global
Marnie Webb, +1 415-710-6688
CEO
webb@caravanstudios.org
or
Polaris Project
Brian Bouchard, +1 202-507-7962
Media Relations Officer
bbouchard@polarisproject.org
or
Humanity United
Tim Isgitt, + 1 415-426-6340
Director of Communications
tisgitt@humanityunited.org

Release Summary

Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global, is a winner of the Partnership for Freedom’s Reimagine: Opportunity innovation challenge for its project, the Safe Shelter Collaborative.

Contacts

Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global
Marnie Webb, +1 415-710-6688
CEO
webb@caravanstudios.org
or
Polaris Project
Brian Bouchard, +1 202-507-7962
Media Relations Officer
bbouchard@polarisproject.org
or
Humanity United
Tim Isgitt, + 1 415-426-6340
Director of Communications
tisgitt@humanityunited.org