LifeWay Network joins the global movement against human trafficking by providing safe housing for women who have been trafficked, and offering education about trafficking to the general public.
LifeWay Network envisions a world in which human trafficking is abolished, and every survivor is strong, connected, and free.
New York Metro Area
Sr. Joan Dawber SC
Human Trafficking, Safe Housing
PO Box 754215
Forest Hills, NY 11375 USA
Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)
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LifeWay Network combats human trafficking by providing safe housing for women who have been trafficked and offering education about trafficking to the general public.
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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
LifeWay Network Safe Housing Program
LifeWay’s Safe Housing Program offers safe housing for women survivors of human trafficking. Providing both long-term transitional housing and short-term emergency beds, LifeWay’s safe housing is specifically dedicated to both domestic and foreign-born survivors (age 18+) of both labor and sex trafficking.
The program provides each woman with the security of a stable and supportive home and emphasizes the holistic healing of the survivor’s mind, body and spirit, enabling her to journey towards self-sufficiency and economic independence.
The goal of our long-term transitional safe housing program is that each woman will be strong, free, connected to community and resources, and able to move on to independent living and financial self-sufficiency.
Since 2009, LifeWay Network has offered short-term emergency beds to women survivors, and our first long-term safe house opened its doors in 2012. In the first eight years of providing housing, we have served 64 women from 30 countries.
Both formal and informal tools are used to measure the progress of each woman in our transitional safe housing. Regular client feedback permits ongoing evaluation of program methods.
Regular assessments are performed to monitor the psychosocial progress of each woman, using evidence-based practices. Through analyzing the data provided, we are able to discern the efficacy of our program and make modifications to the customized approach for each woman.
When it comes time for women to leave LifeWay House, we are thrilled to see each of them moving on to lives of independence, whether they will be living with friends, family, or on their own.
One example of our success is a woman who worked diligently studying for her GED, with much help and tutoring provided by LifeWay Network volunteers. She passed her GED and was accepted at a local college, where she not only attended classes, but also started working part-time as a tutor to other students.She transitioned to independent living, and has expressed her gratitude to LifeWay Network for giving her ‘the opportunity to spread my wings and fly!’
LifeWay Network Education Program
The Education Program seeks to raise awareness, educate communities, deepen understanding, and engage others around the issue of human trafficking. This is done through presentations (to schools, parishes, civic or community groups), networking, and participating in conferences on human trafficking topics.
In its first ten years (2007 – 2017) LifeWay’s Education Program has educated over 10,000 persons about the issues of human trafficking.
The intended outcome of LifeWay’s Education Program is to raise awareness about human trafficking, engage and deepen the level of understanding of human trafficking, and encourage program participants to take concrete action steps in bringing an end to human trafficking.
Our Education Program currently shows its success in meeting our goals through the continuous requests that we receive for educational workshops and service learning project opportunities. These usually take place after they hear about LifeWay’s work through their contacts, networks, or finding us on social media.
After providing service learning projects for schools, students have gone on to create a Human Trafficking Awareness Club at their school, and have selected human trafficking as their topic for school service projects. After our presentations, service providers were able to recognize the red flags of human trafficking in potential victims they unknowingly worked with.
LifeWay Network’s impact is strengthened each year by co-sponsoring an annual full-day conference in collaboration with CRC-Stop (Coalition of Religious Congregations to Stop Trafficking of Persons), which in recent years has been held at Manhattan College, Fordham University, and St. John’s University.
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Sr. Joan Dawber SC
Sr. Joan S. Dawber, SC, is Founder and Executive Director of LifeWay Network, a nonprofit organization collaborating to combat human trafficking by providing safe housing for women who have been trafficked, and offering education about trafficking to the general public.
Sr. Joan was one ten nuns profiled in 'If Nuns Ruled The World' by Jo Piazza (published in 2014). In 2013 Sr. Joan was named as one of New York's New Abolitionists, a new generation of abolitionists who are committed to ending human trafficking in the 21st Century. In 2015 she was the recipient of Pax Christi Metro New York's Sister Christine Mulready Peacemaker Award, and St. John's University Vincentian Center's Caritas Medal.
Prior to founding LifeWay Network in 2007, Sr. Joan was a Pastoral Associate in various parishes in Queens and Brooklyn, New York, providing services to parishioners, and leadership to the community, especially to poor and immigrant populations in these areas.
Marianne C Mocarski CSW
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