Significance of our logo: Our logo design is the log cabin pattern. During the Civil War the Underground Railroad would hang quilts with the log cabin motif to represent a safe house. Mission Statement: The Covering House is a place of refuge and restoration for girls under the age of 18 who have been of sexually exploited or sexually trafficked in the United States. Human Trafficking Statistics
Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry globally. (United Nations) Human trafficking generates an estimated $9.5 billion in annual revenue in the United States. (Federal Bureau of Investigation) Every minute 2 children are forced into the sex industry. This includes forced child prostitution, pornography & sex trade tourism. http://www.beautyfromashes.org/ & (UNICEF) Children in the United States Are Victims of Sexual Trafficking
There are reportedly up to 300,000 child prostitutes in the United States. And that number is growing daily. (Federal Bureau of Investigation) The average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States is 13 years old. (The U.S. Department of Justice) At least 75% of minors exploited through prostitution are controlled by pimp/traffickers. (The U.S. Department of Justice)
The average victim may be forced to have sex up to 20 times a day. (The A21 Campaign) A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls. (U.S. Justice Department, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
One in three teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. (National Incident Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway & Throwaway Children) Case Examples in Missouri and St. Louis Area
Department Of Justice has identified as “the most intense [top twenty] human trafficking jurisdictions in the country:” Houston • El Paso • Los Angeles • Atlanta • Chicago • Charlotte • Miami • Las Vegas • New York • Long Island • New Orleans • Washington, D.C. • Philadelphia • Phoenix • Richmond • San Diego• San Francisco • St Louis • Seattle • Tampa (http://www.johntfloyd.com/comments/november/07a.htm ) Two Missouri Men Indicted for Juvenile Prostitution…John Lee Geiler, of Jefferson County, Mo., and Darrill Gray, of St. Louis, Mo., were indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count each of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children, and one felony count of engaging in commercial sex with a minor. (PRNewswire-US Newswire, March 30, 2007)
Florissant Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking: A St. Louis County man has been sentenced to six years in prison for trying to purchase sex with 14-year-old girl over the Internet. (Midmissouri.com KRCG 13, March 11, 2010) Woman Admits Prostituting 13-year-old Runaway St. Louis woman pleaded guilty to a federal prostitution-related charge of convincing a 13year-old runaway to go into the prostitution business. (email@example.com September 1, 2010)
Chillicothe Man Sentenced (Oct 07, 2010 - 10:29 AM) Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Chillicothe man has been sentenced in federal court for child sex trafficking involving the sale of at least five minor victims for prostitution. Kirkwood Man Charged In Sexual Torture and Trafficking: A Kirkwood man who is one of five men accused of either sexually torturing a mentally disabled woman or watching online as others tortured her has sexually tortured three other women, an FBI agent said Tuesday. http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_8fa6757ac4b8-5845-a5ac-62d7d1a9e3ac.html (firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com Wednesday, September 29, 2010 12:00 am)
Why is St. Louis and Metro East Susceptible to Sex Trafficking? High Numbers of Runaways and Throwaways: This pervasive problem is an open ground for recruitment and kidnapping that leads to trafficking. Large Immigrant Populations: St. Louis has long been a refuge city for immigrants. Many refugees isolate themselves within their community. Strong distrust of government and police and thus a low level of crime reporting which creates a great breeding ground for trafficking. Schools: In St. Louis City close to 40% of students don’t graduate. (http://www.slps.org/slps/lib/slps/SLPS.Report.Card.pdf) Large percentage of children is marked as truant or unexcused absence and truancy department has thousands of cases. Homeless and migrant family population in St. Louis Public Schools is near 30% of the child population. Families move several times a year and enroll in a new school each time. There are no comprehensive enrollment databases that cover public schools, charter schools and private schools all together, therefore kids slip through the cracks and no one is looking for them. Drug Trade Industry: Supply and Demand for Drugs Creates a Barter System for Sex Trafficking. Each section of the metro area has a unique drug culture. St. Louis City is dominant in heroin and marijuana. Jefferson County and St. Louis County have high incidents of meth. Trading sex girls for drugs is all too common. Sex Trade Industry Thrives in St. Louis Area "East Side" is known for strip clubs throughout the area. It is so well known that it is considered as a red light district. St. Louis City has numerous prostitution strolls…south of downtown…south along the river front…various parts of the northern side of the city.
St. Louis County has a thriving Internet sex trade industry. The Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force is located in St. Louis County for a reason.
Location, Location, Location St. Louis is a transportation dream for traffickers. We sit on the border of another state. St. Louis houses a major flight location for international and domestic air travel. St. Louis is home to major trucking operations one both sides of the river. St. Louis borders a major sex trade industry location. This is a prime area for trafficking movement. St. Louis is at the junction of major cross-country interstates.
I-35 bisects the country from Laredo, Texas, to Duluth, Minn., with access to highways leading east and west. Truckers can load women and children into their cabs and transfer them to other trucks at truck stops along the way. Source: Shared Hope International: The Catholic Key Magazine
The Need for The Covering House is Great Currently, according to the FBI, there are fewer than 100 beds in the United States available for these girls once they are rescued. Vision for The Covering House The Covering House provides a secure shelter and all-inclusive care for girls who are victims of sexual exploitation and sexual trafficking. When rescued and brought to The Covering House, an extensive needs’ assessment is conducted. Each girl receives a comprehensive customized plan to help provide healing, instill self-worth, and the necessary components to rebuild her life. The Covering House provides the following: Food, Shelter, Clothing, Toiletries…Basic Medical Care…Counseling…Group Therapy…Case Management…Mentoring…Education…Life Skills Development… Vocational Training…Recreational Activities Two Part Care with Two Locations Location One The first location ideally will be set outside the city. Girls will receive 16 weeks of intense clinical counseling and group therapy in this location.
This home is designed to provide emotional and physical safety for the girls.
Location Two This home is designed to transition the girls back into community. Girls will still receive group therapy, counseling along with education and life skills development classes. The girls will slowly receive more freedoms and responsibilities. Girls Will Remain with The Covering House Until… She becomes 18 years of age She has become emotionally healthy enough to be placed into a stable foster home She is reunited with her parents Short-Term Objectives
Provide a secure home To meet the basic needs of the girls Provide basic medical and dental care Counseling, group therapy and some life skills classes Hire a staff
To meet the education needs of girls Provide vocational training for girls Increase life skill classes Hire additional staff Develop educational information for girls about how to protect themselves against these predators.
Sustainability of the Home Will Be Met Through
Private Foundations Government support (Division of Social Services underwrites the cost of the child for 100 days when DSS places the child in the home) Churches Individuals Fundraising events
Benchmarks of Success
Number of girls in counseling/rehabilitation process Number of girls in primary/secondary school Number of girls in vocational training classes Number of girls who do not return to prostitution, stripping etc. Transformation of these girls from victims to confident young women These benchmarks and indicators are currently being developed by a woman at graduate school of Brown School of Social Work at Washington University who is also a survivor of sex trafficking.
Monitoring and Evaluation: The main purpose of M&E includes improving services, planning & allocating resources and demonstrating results as part of accountability. The monitoring and evaluation will: Influence project success Collect practical lessons to guide future projects and establish best practices
Ensure sharing of experiences and best practices Quantify program success
The following methods will be applied in the monitoring and evaluation process.
Formal Surveys: Formal surveys will be used to collect information. This form of feedback can help quantify what is or is not working. Rapid Appraisal Method: This method will be used to find quickly the views and feedback from staff members and the girls. This method can be used to obtain a qualitative understanding of what is or is not working and why. Individual interviews, group discussions, direct observation, mini-survey and/or the combination of any of these can be used for an evaluation and monitoring purposes. Narrative Reports: Quarterly progress report: A report focusing on implementation of activities, major achievements, problems faced and solutions found. Comprehensive yearly report: A report providing an analysis of the programs. Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effective Analysis: This analysis can be used to assess whether or not the costs of an activity/program can be justified by the outcomes & impacts. Financial Reporting: The following financial reporting will be submitted: Quarterly cash flow report with the details of amount(s) received, expenditure to date and balance sheet An annual audit of financial records The Covering House Progress
A Quilters’ Group Formed to make log cabin pattern quilts to help raise funds and to give to each girl when she arrives at The Covering House. Network of Volunteers and Interns from area universities such as St. Louis University, Washington University, Webster University, St. Louis Community College, and University of Missouri St. Louis were established as well as other professionals such as attorneys, physicians, nurses, social workers and teachers willing to sacrificially give of their time. Network of Services Secured Clinical licensed counselor Medical and dental care Attorney to serve as an advocate for the girls Tutoring & education support Mentoring & life skills development coaches Marketing and social network development coordinator Church coordinator Media Coverage Fox 2 News’s Coverage Interviewed by KMOX reporter Carol Daniel Appeared on The Dave Glover Radio Program in St. Louis Appeared on KMOX Jon Grayson Radio Program also syndicated in Pennsylvania and Minnesota Appeared on The Mike Gallagher Nationally Syndicated Radio Show Numerous Speaking Engagements and Training Engagements Philanthropic organizations Churches and religious groups Non-profit organizations
Government officials Non-government organizations For profit businesses
In-Kind Donations Southwest Contractors will provide furniture for the entire home ADT security system and installation Household items Additional personal items for the girls Investing in a Girl’s Life Our Greatest Need is the Home We are still in the process of locating the best locations for the homes that will meet the needs of the girls. Below Are the Basic Monthly Investments for One Girl. Medical Care: $23.83 per month Housing & Nutritious Meals: $212.00 per month Clinical Care: $526.70 per month (Group and individual therapy, case management, and individual assessments.) Programming: $1348.00 per month (Educational development, life skills development, recreational activities and field trips, as well as school supplies) THE COVERING HOUSE P.O. BOX 12206 ST LOUIS, MO. 63157 314-266-9140 www.thecoveringhouse.org firstname.lastname@example.org