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
- Court accompaniments
- In-custody visits
- Care kits (which may include toiletries, books, clothing, etc)
- Referrals / information
- 24-hour crisis hotline