Q.    Who is GenerateHope?
A.    GenerateHope is a San Diego non-profit organization that provides safe housing, trauma recovery, education, and life skills coaching to women who have been victims of sex trafficking. Our goal is to protect, heal, and empower these women so they can transition confidently into a purposeful and fulfilled life.

Founded in 2009, GenerateHope is the first long-term integrated recovery home program specifically for sex trafficking survivors in San Diego County. The program has been a highly successful model for long-term care and helped more than 90 survivors.


Q.    What is GenerateHope's mission and programs?
A.    GenerateHope provides a unique multi-faceted recovery program including safe housing, licensed therapy, credentialed education, and vocational support. Our goals are to protect, heal, and empower these women so they can return to a productive, independent life. GenerateHope currently operates one emergency housing shelter in the South Bay area of San Diego.

Our comprehensive trauma recovery program takes somewhere between nine and 18 months to complete. During that time, our survivors live as a family with two house moms and interact with trained and trauma-informed staff that provide a variety of personal and group therapies, clinical assessments, safety and life skills training. A credentialed teacher assists in the survivors' education to GED or community college. Each young woman has the support of a personal mentor, a customized case management plan, and participates in house outings. The women in the program "graduate" to Transitional Housing or to their own independent living when they have been restored to social and physical health, psychological and PTSD test scores are in a safe range, demonstrate financial and life skills independence, and are progressing in a personal education or vocational plan for their future.

GenerateHope also works to educate the community and schools regarding the ploys of the traffickers and provide prevention and awareness advocacy for young teens and their peers and parents. GenerateHope also partners with local law enforcement, judicial, and public policy task forces to help put an end to human trafficking in San Diego.


Q.    Is sex trafficking a problem victimizing local women?
A.    Contrary to popular beliefs, sex trafficking is not just an international issue but has reached epidemic growth in the US for many years. Recent local research indicates 80 percent of sex trafficking victims are born in the United States and that currently an estimated 8,000 new local San Diego women and teens are victims of human trafficking each year. Sex trafficking is an $810 million a year industry in San Diego and the number two source of income for local gangs, which control 80 percent of local trafficking. Average age of being coerced or threatened into sex trafficking is in the mid-teenage years. and researchers recently interviewed 140 school administrators and staff from 20 schools across all demographic areas in San Diego County. Every school interviewed confirmed cases or sex trafficking recruitment on their campuses.

Q.    What is GenerateHope's plan for a transitional home in Coronado?
A.    GenerateHope will continue to run its primary trauma recovery center at its current location in southern San Diego. As a result of a home provided for our specific transitional use, we plan to open a new program in Coronado that will function as a transition home for young women survivors who have graduated from the primary recovery program and are provided a "soft start" to their full independence. The goal of the Coronado location will be to support survivors with guided independence in a quiet, family oriented community as they finalize their education and career plans and prepare to transition to independent living at the location of their choice.

Q.    What is the transitional home's capacity and suitability?
A.    Our current plan is to host up to six girls in the Coronado home as well as two full-time resident guides. As in our recovery home, the number of residents will be driven by program efficacy and not by the size of the house or number of bedrooms available.

Although the home on Coronado is an impressive historic mansion, the survivors in our program view the location as just one more optional support on the way to their original goal of restoring personal independence. While we support our survivors as if they were our own sisters, daughters or granddaughters, we do not believe a temporary stay in such a large house creates any impediments to their eventual transition to “real life” in affordable housing.

We do firmly believe that planning their transition as part of a close-knit, connected and generous community will greatly help the survivors as they formulate their life plans and learn to follow their dreams. These women had their freedom taken away from them in a way most of us can ever comprehend, and what they want most is to be accepted, safe and eventually independent.


Q.    Who owns the transitional home?
A.    Our Coronado home is owned by a local philanthropist that prefers to remain anonymous. We have grown to know them well and will always honor that humble request. The home was purchased with the specific intent, and with full knowledge and support of the Hansen families, for continued healing and transitional housing of young women victims of sex trafficking in San Diego. We have gratefully signed a long-term lease for 100% use of the home on an ongoing basis from the new homeowners.

Q.    Is the program licensed?
A.    GenerateHope strictly follows all local, state and federal laws for program care and licensing. As it relates to the structure of the transitional home on Coronado, all residents will be over the age of 18 and are admitted to the program as "at will" guests, subject to our behaviour agreement and program engagement expectations. As in the Recovery Program in San Diego, all care and therapy is free of charge to these survivors of sex trafficking. In the Transition Home, they are committed to the same strict policy of no drugs or alcohol use and have absolutely no engagement with anyone still "in the life.”