TRAFFICKED SURVIVORS JOURNEY TO INDEPENDENCE
THE BIJLMER BRIDGE2HOPE LAUNCH 20 NOVEMBER 2014

The Bijlmer Bridge 2 Hope Project has been initiated as phase 2 of the Bijlmer project (2012) and was launched in November 2014 at the World Trade Centre in Amsterdam.

 

The core purpose of Bridge2Hope is to serve as an anchor for survivors of human trafficking, empowering them towards economic, psychosocial and spiritual freedom!

 

The bottom-up approach towards (financial) empowerment will be accomplished by applying an appropriate business model to equip participants with entrepreneurship training.

 

PTSD therapy and self-management skills are being taught so that survivors themselves achieve greater personal self-sustainability.

REHABILITATION AND REINTEGRATION PROGRAM

The Bridge2Hope Rehabilitation and Re-integration program addresses the physical, psychological, behavioral, social, and economic issues encountered by these survivors of human trafficking. It is important to understand the complexities of the sex trade in general. Therefore, a variation of services including a central location for support including proper legal aid, health and psychological care, counseling and therapy, vocational and job training and literacy education are basic necessities to focus on the recovery of survivors of sex trafficking.

ULTIMATE AIM

The ultimate aim is to activate participants on three levels towards greater psychological & spiritual healing and economic freedom. The project is therefore  driven on the one hand by  personal ownership and commitment of the participants and on the other hand by providing them with appropriate training, coaching and therapy at a secure and stable base.

 

The violence and exploitation experienced by the survivors, their lack of access to proper nutrition, hygienic conditions, vulnerability to  STD’s and more lead to a variety of short and long term personal problems. This can have chronic psychological and behavioral effects.

 

Besides exploitation almost all the survivors have very little or no access to legal protection, permanent residency status, and financial support from the Government. Therefore their rehabilitation and reintegration can be challenging and should not be oversimplified.

For setting up a successful rehabilitation and reintegration training program, the psychological & behavioral effects need to be taken into account. It would also be beneficial for all the stakeholders to be aware of the long term commitments as these programs need multifaceted approaches involving a variety of factors.

Psychosocial Trainings

Psychological Effects

Behavioral Effects

Vocational and job trainings

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