A safe place for female sex trafficking survivors living on the streets
OPENING SOON! (If our building cooperates)
The Salon will be a haven for women on the street who want information on how to escape the world of sex trafficking, as well as a safe place where they can grab a cup of coffee and find a few moments of quiet. The Salon will be located in an old beauty parlor along Central Avenue in Albuquerque, NM.
Street Safe New Mexico — a 501(c)3 nonprofit — has been serving the women of the War Zone for 11 years through its street outreaches, but all along the ultimate goal has been to open a daytime drop-in center where the women might get specialized help.
Street Safe has ensured the women themselves have had a voice in what The Salon will eventually offer by conducting surveys with them over the last few months. Most women mentioned the need for housing aid, legal help, STD treatment and a computer to search for jobs, as well as a place to receive mail, take a shower and do laundry.
To provide these services, Street Safe has already partnered with professors and students from the University of New Mexico. Students from the college’s law clinic will work with survivors to determine their legal status, while doctors from the reproductive health clinic will offer STD testing, long-term birth control and gynecological exams.
To make sure all the necessary resources will be on hand should a sex-trafficking victim want to leave the street, The Salon will be partially staffed by other nonprofits that provide after-care to survivors, such as the Lifelink, which offers trauma-informed housing, and First Nations, which has medical and dental assistance as well as case management.