Meet Esther*, the first survivor who got a job through Restore’s Economic Empowerment program.
Two years ago, before the program officially launched, Esther, a then-resident of our Safehome, expressed her need for safe employment.
Esther was a divorced mother and was desperate to reunify with her young daughter. She had been trafficked to the United States one year earlier with a group of women from her home country. “Eight women and one man,” she recalled. The man she traveled with forced her to work and kept her locked in a house with the other victims. Eventually, when her trafficker was away, she and one other woman escaped.