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 exploited, reach out to us 24/7 at 510-800-4247 for immediate support.


To refer someone to ABOVE, complete our new online ABOVE Referral Form or call our main office at 510-430-1298 during business hours to be connected directly to staff to get resources or start an intake.

24-Hour Hotline in English and Spanish
Línea directa las 24 horas en inglés y español
(510) 800-4247

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

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

Office: (510) 430-1298