Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
There are more individuals enslaved today than at any time in human history.
After drug dealing, Trafficking in Persons (TIP) is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and it is the fastest growing (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
An average slave in the American South in 1850 cost the equivalent of $40,000 in today’s money; today the average cost of a slave is less than $90 (FreeTheSlaves.net).
India’s sex industry includes some 2 million persons and 20% are children under age 16 (Human Rights Commission, UNIFEM).
In central Mumbai, in Asia’s second largest red-light district, there are more than 40,000 women and girls in sexual slavery in an area less than 2 square miles (ProjectRedLightRescue.org).
A girl trafficked at age 12 and who services 12 customers / day will have been abused 120,000 times by the time she dies at age 40 usually from a STD or by drugs (ProjectRedLightRescue.org).
Need – India is the epicenter of human trafficking. The U.N. calls it “the most dangerous place in the world to be a girl or woman.” Over 200,000 persons/year are trafficked in India alone.
Relationship – Our Field Administrator and his staff have had a local presence in Bhimavaram for over 25 years through a church-sponsored program that includes a residential school for children, vocational training center, clean water projects, sewing centers, widows’ assistance program, medical clinic and more. New Horizons’ Board members have had a relationship with this ministry for over 10 years.
Impact – A similar aftercare facility in Colorado has an annual budget of $720,000 and will provide services to 8 girls. That equates to a cost of $90,000/girl/year. In India, the budgets for the various facilities we researched/visited ranged from $1,500/girl/year to ~ $5,000/girl/year.
We can’t do everything but we can do something! Each girl is worthy of restoration and our best efforts to give her a life of opportunity and promise. Although the problem is huge, we believe that, together, we can make a difference.
Our initial plans are to house 20 girls. It is possible that, due to the overwhelming need for after care services, we may end up with more than 20 girls.
The number of girls we can effectively provide services to is based on the following constraints: Ensuring the program is manageable. Maintaining a House mother/ resident ratio which promotes personalized care and individual attention. Financial limitations. Our hope is that we will be able to establish other after care facilities in India and/or possibly other parts of the world.
While none of our Board members have had direct experience operating an after care facility program, we have done extensive reading and research. Additionally, we have made on-site visits to observe and learn from several existing after care facilities and rescue programs. We have consulted with numerous groups who are currently involved in rescues and after care and have been encouraged that they have affirmed that our plans are well thought out and in-line with current best practices.
Our Field Administrator and local staff have had 25 years of experience working in southern India with children from disadvantaged and/or abusive backgrounds.
We will be using trained professionals to handle parts of the program.
Volunteers will be trained by experienced staff from existing after care facilities in India.
We are not actually starting “from scratch.” There is a huge need for additional program capacity in southern India and our experience working in Andhra Pradesh will prove to be invaluable. In addition, we are collaborating and/or consulting with several existing after care facilities including those listed below:
Jeevan Aadhar (Mumbai)
Rescue Foundation (Mumbai)
Project Rescue (multiple locations in India and other countries)
While Americans may be employed or used as volunteers, the emphasis will be on using Indian nationals for on-site day-to-day operations, programs, etc.
Representatives from New Horizons’ Board will make annual visits to evaluate ongoing program and welfare of girls as well to plan for future expansion.
Regular reporting will take place via e-mail and Skype.
How are finances handled? Accounting procedures? Audits?
Regular, periodic audits will be conducted by certified Indian accountants.
The operation of the facility will be in compliance with the requirements of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and applicable regulations pertaining to not-for-profit entities incorporated in the U.S.
A husband and wife team along with the Board of Helping Hands Society will implement the work under the oversight and direction of New Horizons.
They currently oversee a school of 250 children (including 66 who reside at the school full-time), a medical clinic, a child assistance program and a government approved vocational training center. They are Indian but the husband was educated in the United States.
We plan to recruit qualified mental health workers primarily from certified Indian universities but, in some instances, we may be able to utilize American counselors as well.
Teachers / vocational instructors will likely be shared from the existing program work which is in place in Bhimavaram.
House mothers will likely be shared from the existing work in Bhimavaram or else we will look for qualified young women from the “India’s Child” program.
We have networked and are collaborating with a number of groups who focus on the actual rescue of the girls and/or are providing placement services including:
Indian Rescue Mission (Mumbai)
Mahima Home (Kolkata)
Rescue Foundation (Mumbai)
S.T.O.P. India (New Delhi)
International Justice Mission (Mumbai)
The Exodus Road (Colorado Springs, CO)
Project Rescue (Springfield, MO)
Transitions Global (Nashville, TN)
Our Field Administrators will be working directly with Child Welfare Services and other Indian government agencies involved in the rescue / transfer / justice issues for the girls.
Initial plans are to use Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Recreational Therapy (dance, art, music, etc.).
Individual and Group Therapy.
Anti-depressant/anxiety and STD medications may be needed at times but first approach is “talking” and recreational therapy and love.
Professional medical doctors or psychiatrists will administer and monitor any prescription drug therapy.
Therapy/ recreational/free time
Field trips and other special activities will be included
Typically there will be 4 girls / room but this number could vary slightly. This arrangement helps prevent self-abuse and/or abuse by other girls.
We will have 24/7 security guard(s) at the facility.
Attractive gated and walled facility with decorative “bars” on windows.
Security cameras (internal and external)
Girls will not be permitted to leave facility unless accompanied by a person in authority.
Girls will not be permitted outside contact without permission / being monitored.
Our target population is girls ages 12-16 who do not have children and who are not pregnant. However, each case will be evaluated individually and there may be times when we receive girls with children or who are pregnant. Obviously, we would need to make suitable adjustments to accommodate them.
While we would not exclude HIV infected girls, we would likely refer girls with AIDs to facilities better suited to meet their needs.
It will vary based on the needs of the girl but the goal is to transition a girl into a type of “half-way house” (i.e. a Transition Home) by the time she is 18 years old.
There will be less supervision and the girls will have greater freedom to come and go.
They will be encouraged to put into practice life skills learned in the after care facility and given further assistance in life skills and vocational training.
When the girl is ready she will move from the Transition Home into society. This may happen through marriage, return to family or community of origin or by moving into a program provided house/apartment where other “graduates” live together in their own “family” community.
Yes, all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Each contribution of $250 or more will receive a receipt. Donations less than $250 will receive a receipt upon request.