Refer a Victim to The Samaritan Women Shelter Program
The Samaritan Women accepts candidates for our programs from anywhere in the United States. Our referrals typically come from:
- Federal or State law enforcement personnel
- Criminal Justice professionals
- Other human trafficking victim service organizations, such as safe houses, outreaches, or short-term shelters
- Anti-trafficking task forces
- Hospital staff or social workers
Below is our typical referral process. Please feel free to contact the Director with any questions or exception requests.
Step 1: Screening for Candidacy
The Samaritan Women Program is for female survivors of domestic sex trafficking. First screen to ensure that your referral meets the following criteria:
- She is between the ages of 18 and 35 (Referrals under the age of 18 must be referred to a minors’ facility)
- She was compelled to provide sexual services through the use of either force (violence), fraud (lies), or coercion (threats)
- She engaged in commercial sexual exploitation (pornography, stripping, etc.) through the use of either force (violence), fraud (lies), or coercion (threats)
- She engaged in survival sex (meaning: she provided sexual services in exchange for basic needs of food, shelter, safety, etc.)
The ideal candidate for TSW is a woman who is…
- U.S. citizen or foreign national who is conversant in English
- not under imminent threat from others
- not a threat to herself or others
- has maintained sobriety for at least 30 days
- is willing to do the hard work it will require to have a new life
The Samaritan Women is NOT equipped to provide services to individuals who meet the following conditions. A woman who is…
- actively addicted (must be at least 30 days clean)
- on a methadone or suboxone regiment
- unable to manage self-care
- has physical custody of her child(ren)
- is in a (non-marital) relationship that she expects to continue while in this program
- suffers from acute/debilitating mental illness or medical diagnosis
- is unwilling to step-down from prescribed narcotic
- is trying to escape a warrant
- has court obligations out of state that would require travel during her first 6 months
Step 2: Educating Your Referral
Use the Program Overview section of this website to educate your referral about our program and what it entails. While you discuss our program, assess her level of readiness to:
- let go of the ties from The Life including thoughts, behaviors and relationships
- live in complete sobriety and chastity during her stay in our program
- give up phone, email, Internet, social media, and other outside contacts
- work on the issues in her past that made her vulnerable to exploitation
- live harmoniously in an all-female residential program
Here are a few points to make clear:
- This is a PROGRAM, with specific activities, schedule, goals, and 24/7 supervision. This is not a halfway house or independent living where she can come and go as she pleases.
- She will be living with other survivors, sharing in the work and the dynamics of the household. Getting along with others is part of the program.
- She will be expected to participate in therapeutic groups, individual counseling, as well as academics and vocational training.
- Over time she will earn privileges and trust, but those will not be immediately granted.
- Noncompliance with our rules will not be tolerated. There is always someone else who is waiting for that bed if she’s not going to make the most of this opportunity.
Step 3: Apply
Assuming she’s in agreement with Step 2, then it’s time to contact us. Download our Application for Residency form and complete it as thoroughly as you can. All information will be kept in strict confidence.
There may be a need for follow up questions. We may contact you with additional questions, if necessary.
Step 4: Qualifying Your Referral
Next your referral will need to be available for phone interviews.
- The first will be with our Intake Counselor. You should not prepare your referral for this interview other than to say, “Be real. No games. If she thinks you’re playing her, she will pick up on it immediately and you will not go further in the process.” Please reassure your referral: we will not judge her for what she’s done or where she is now. We’ve heard plenty of stories and this is what we do. What we have to assess at this step is whether she’s willing to be (brutally) honest with herself and with us.
- After passing the first interview, her second interview will be with the Director. This call will be to discuss our program in more detail and address any questions she may have. It may take a few days between these two phone interviews. The referring agency will be notified by our director if your referral is accepted.
Step 5: Preparing for Intake
Congratulations. She’s almost Home!
In preparation for the Intake Process, please make every effort to collect the following background documents:
- any discharge papers from hospital, rehab, or psychiatric programs
- any legal documents, outstanding financial obligations, important contacts
- recent drug/alcohol test (within the last 2 weeks)
- recent medical test
- insurance documents
- parole or probation reporting requirements
We will work with you to arrange for her transportation to our facility.