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. 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.
Learn more at the Herald Online article: Caravan Studios Wins Competition for Innovative Solution Supporting Human Trafficking Survivors.