Months ago, Project Mona's House was contacted by Erie County Medical Center. The operator explained that they believed to have a woman victimized by human trafficking in their facility. The woman did not have any bruises, and you might not even be able to tell that she was a trafficking victim, but she was found during a raid and ended up in the hospital.
Although she did not have wounds on the outside, the woman was struggling on the inside. When Project Mona’s House was called, we assisted and supported her in the healing process. She began going to Mona’s Group on a daily basis, and continues to do so to this day. She attends our group sessions to discuss her trauma alongside other women and professionals, and now also goes to other doctors to maintain her health.
She is currently working, has built credit, and will be moving into an apartment in March 2021. When she moves out, she will have successfully completed our program, and has already become a mentor to women at Mona’s House who were in her position.
Furthermore, a local family has adopted her in a sense, and treats her like one of their own. This is why we always stress the importance of community. When the community gets involved and are motivated to make a difference, overcomers can thrive.
Illustration by Lite. St.