ABOVE: Achieving Balance to Overcome Violent Environments

In 2009, responding to an alarming increase of sexual exploitation in Alameda County, BAWAR implemented a new program to address the needs of youth and adults experiencing commercial sexually exploitation/human trafficking (CSE/HT).

BAWAR’s ABOVE program provides 24-hour crisis stabilization to all survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. Through community education, we work to humanize and de-stigmatize the voices and experiences of survivors. 

Our violence prevention program is made possible through a grant from the City of Oakland’s Human Services Department.

  • 24-hour crisis response
  •  Individual peer counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Court accompaniments
  • In-custody visits
  • Care kits (which may include toiletries, books, clothing, etc)
  • Referrals / information
  • 24-hour crisis hotline
If you or someone you know is currently being sexually exploited reach out to us 24/7 at 510-845-7273 for immediate support.


To refer someone to ABOVE, email above@bawar.org or call our main office at 510-430-1298 during business hours to be connected to the ABOVE Program Coordinator.

24-Hour Hotline in English and Spanish
Línea directa las 24 horas en inglés y español
(510) 345-1056

Bay Area Women Against Rape
470 27th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Hours: M-F, 9am – 5pm PST (Excluding Federal Holidays)

Office: (510) 430-1298
Email: bawar@bawar.org