LifeWay Network is one of only two organizations in the New York Metro area providing safe housing for women survivors of human trafficking. What sets LifeWay’s Safe Housing Program apart is its community living model. It goes beyond offering shelter by welcoming each woman into a supportive, caring environment that helps them recover from their trauma, regain their sense of self-worth, and enables them to move from isolation towards reclaiming their independence.
In 2012 we opened our first long term transitional safe house. We look forward to the opening of a second safe house, LifeWay House 2, in the near future. Additionally, Aspire Home, a collaboration of LifeWay Network and Covenant House New York that will provide safe housing for Covenant House referrals, welcomed its first women in May 2015.
Human trafficking is modern day slavery, and involves the recruitment, harboring and transportation of people, expoiting them through the threat or use of force and coercion. It includes sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery or similar practices. Human trafficking is the 2nd largest international criminal industry, second only to drug trafficking.