THRIVE New England was launched in March 2014 by our founding director, Bob Atherton, as the result of a growing passion among many in Curtis Lake Church (Sanford, ME) to provide restorative care for teens who have survived human trafficking, with a special eye towards those needing foster care. We were alarmed by how rampant human trafficking is in every New England state, how much human trafficking harms its victims, and how few options there are for restorative care in the region.
So, we set out to build a family-based aftercare program that will help address the need, providing a long-term restorative path for survivors in all six areas of their personhood (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social and vocational), relying on partnerships with dozens of entities - professionals and professional groups, service agencies, faith-based organizations, colleges, etc. We’ve made a lot of progress, and are now in our final season of preparation before we launch.
As we began to develop our aftercare program, we realized the enormous need for trafficking prevention. Teens usually have a period of time before being trafficked when they can say "no" and walk away. We knew that teens needed tools and training in order to recognize and avoid grooming, exploitation, and other dangerous situations. In Spring of 2018, we launched our Sparks Prevention Program at Sanford High School! Our goal is to bring this prevention program to schools, colleges, and community groups in the New England area and stop trafficking before it takes place!
Learn more about how you can take action and join our movement!
Our team is supported
by passionate volunteers
and devoted counselors,
some of whom are themselves
survivors of human trafficking.
We deeply appreciate
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Our mission is to stop child exploitation and serve those who have experienced or been affected by commercial sexual violence with personalized, trauma-informed training and care.
We see a world where all children grow up free from sexual exploitation and every survivor is restored and thriving.