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We are developing Hawai’i’s first long-term licensed residential special treatment campus for underage females rescued from sexual exploitation.

It’s a sanctuary of healing. We call it Pearl Haven.

The Pearl Haven Campus is situated on 12 acres of pristine rural community on the Is-land of Oahu. When the existing 20,000 square foot building is fully renovated the cam-pus will provide an ideal location for a comprehensive program of trauma recovery and preparation for reintegration into the community. The Pearl Haven program is being de-signed to meet the unique needs of victims (ages 11-17) who have been sexually abused and exploited. Scheduled to open in 2019 with an initial census of 8- 12 residents, Pearl Haven will eventually have a capacity to serve up to 32 underage victims. In addition to the required State of Hawaii Department of Health special treatment facility license, the program will seek national accreditation. This specialized facility will be among the first of its kind in the United States and will accept applicants from all islands and from across the country.

The importance of individualized comprehensive care

Recovery from severe trauma requires a comprehensive and holistic approach to healing. A comprehensive assessment of each girlʻs physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, educational, social and reintegration needs will be completed as part of the admission process. Each girl, and her family when appropriate, participate in the development of a comprehensive, individualized trauma recovery plan.

Based on research and emerging best practices in trauma recovery and specific intervention with sexually exploited adolescents, the range of interventions which may be incorporated into the individualized plan include group, individual and family therapy as well as adjunct therapies including equine, art, dance and music therapy, gardening therapy, health care, educational assessment and individualized learning plans, activities of daily living, and cultural learning activities. The Pearl Haven Program will be designed to equip residents with the coping skills, life skills, and education, needed for successful reintegration into their community. Transition and reintegration planning will be important elements of the program, including linking girls and their families with community partners whose services will support their successful recovery and reintegration.

The Pearl Haven Program will conduct ongoing program evaluation to continually improve service delivery and to contribute to the research and development of evidence based best practices for promoting healing and resiliency for sexually exploited girls.

Pearl Haven Program Development Consultant:

  • Linda Rich

Pearl Haven Advisory Board:

Shandra Carter, L.C.S.W.

Executive Director,Freedom Place, Spring Texas,Ms. Carter directs a residential treatment program for underage commercially sexually exploited girls. She has also served as Clinical Director for a residential treatment center for adolescents with attachment and developmental trauma issues.

Amber Davies L.C.S.W.

As Director of Clinical Programs,Saving Innocence Project, Hollywood California,oversees a team of CSEC advocates trains front line responders, service providers, and foster/ resource families in best practices of working with CSEC youth. She is an active committee member of Californiaʻs statewide CSEC Action Team and the Probation Workgroup assigned to inform a comprehensive strategic plan for juvenile justice in Los Angeles County.

Robert (Bob) Grossman, Ph.D.

Dr. Grossman has a wide range of expertise and experience.He started the Afterschool Art program bringing together Hawaiiʻs artists and vulnerable youth. Previous positions include Executive Director of Hawaii Primary Care Association, Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Advisor for For University of Hawaii School of Public Health, Founding Board member of AlohaCare,lead federal staff for U.S. Depart of Health & Human Service, Region IX Performance Measures and Coordinated issues across U.S. Public Health Agencies, Office of the Secretary, DHHS.

Elizabeth Kent, J. D.

As an attorney, clerked for the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, practiced law at Paul, Johnson, Park & Niles, taught business law at the University of Hawaii, served as Director of the Hawaii Judiciary’s Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution. Ms.Kent served as Deputy Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services.She is a facilitator, mediator, and arbitrator and a member of the Accord3.0 Network.She is also a gifted fabric artist

Alicia Damien Lau, O.S.F., R.N., M.P.H.

Consultant/Owner, Damien Health Care Consultants, Sr. Alicia Lau has expertise in nursing care delivery systems, total quality management, program development and evaluation and case management. Her extensive nursing career includes providing nursing care in hospital and long term care facilities, teaching and executive level administration. She has been a program specialist at Kapiʻolani Community College and has served on many Boards of Directors of including Catholic Charities, St. Francis Hospital and Life Foundation

Patti Lyons, M.S.W., M.A., L.H.D.

Improving the lives of abused children has been the driving force in her long career.As a social work practitioner and administrator she is a tireless advocate for vulnerable children and their families.Previous positions include, CEO, Child and Family Services Hawaii;President and CEO, Consuelo Foundation,where she currently serves as Secretary, Board of Directors; adjunct faculty,University of Hawaii School of Social Work. She has received numerous awards and honors for her contribution to the welfare of Hawaiiʻs children

Geri Murullo, R.N., D.PH.

Dr. Murrulo has an extensive background in nursing and in administration of health and social services organizations. Previous positions include, Executive Director, Puʻula Lapa Au; CEO, APS Health Care;President and CEO, Consuelo Foundation;CEO,Child and Family Services.

Dr.Murullo has served as the President and CEO of the American Nursing Association. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Hawaii School of Nursing. Dr. Murrullo currently has a private practice, Learning to Love Yoga.

Dr. Robert Pantell

Currently Medical Director of Kapiʻolani Child protection Center, Dr. Pantell has been a leader in pediatric practice, education, research  and policy development . He has served on the pediatrics faculty of Stanford University,Medical School of South Carolina and University of California,San Francisco.Throughout his career, Dr. Pantell has served on a variety of  task forces, committees and commissions improving pediatric practice and childrenʻs health care policy. He is the recipient of numerous  awards for excellence as a clinician, scholar, medical educator and researcher.

Franki Reddick-Gibson,Psy.D.

As Chief Clinical Officer for Mingus Mountain Academy, a residential facility for girls, located in Prescott Valley and Phoenix, AZ, she has developed and implemented a trauma and survivor-informed CSEC treatment protocol, “Empowerment Over Exploitation”,   useing  Rites of Passage as a key component of change promotion. She is highly  sought  nationally and internationally as a  teacher, author, lecturer, motivator, educator, wellness coach, and conference speaker on the subjects of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), Racial Trauma, Multi-Culturalism/Diversity and Total-Being Wellness/Integration .

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