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2019 Message from Ho’ola Na Pua President

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This year is off to a wonderful start! 2018 was a year of innumerable blessings with our April 2018 Ground blessing and commencement of renovation of pearl haven, the growth and expansion of our in school education prevention programs, trainings, and in the Starfish Mentoring Program. We were able to expand our collaborative partnerships and increase our impact by working closely with other community-based organizations. Our diverse board of directors and advisory board members continues to, and we are excited for the depth of leadership and expertise they are contributing to this critical mission and our programs.

Advocacy and Awareness Around the Issue of Child Exploitation

As we run into 2019, I am excited for the many opportunities that lie ahead with furthering the advocacy and awareness around the issue of child exploitation in America both locally and nationally. I truly believe that we exist as an organization to have a worldwide impact around the response to child trafficking. As I interface with many leaders in the anti-trafficking space around the globe, it becomes clearer to me every day that we have to continue to be strategic and think outside the box to create a sustainable response to exploitation and drive the cultural shift needed in America towards the trafficking of children. We are planting seeds through every conversation we engage in, and these seeds are being taken around the world. This sparks the changes that are needed on a large scale. Despite being out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we have reach and impact that is sending a title wave of change around the globe that is dire for the freedom and protection of children.

Sex Trafficking Legislation

The tides are changing, the conversations are different, and there is an openness to the dialogue that has never been present before. Currently, in the legislative arena, there is proposed legislation geared towards creating a centralized database for tracking the number of cases reported in Hawaii and demographic information on victims, sex buyers and traffickers. It would also track the number of arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of people who solicit sex in violation of existing laws. There is also an important piece of legislation that would mandate statewide coordinated trainings for law enforcement personnel and the legal community. Hawaii is one of 12 states that have not enacted laws to require public agencies to receive human trafficking training. Ho’ola Na Pua continues to support these efforts through written and verbal testimony.

Continued Care for Child Sex Trafficking in Hawaii

There are significant opportunities in continuing to build the continuum of care needed for the children in Hawaii. This year we are focusing on our programmatic impact and measurement along with continued expansion and sustainability.
  • Continue to reduce trafficking vulnerability and demand through creative education, advocacy, and partnerships.
  • Continue to drive a cultural shift in reducing stigma around the issue of trafficking and being a thought leader in the anti-trafficking space
  • Expanding the much needed Starfish-HOKU group programming into more adolescent facilities both on Oahu and Hawaii Island.
  • We are continuing to increase the number of trained volunteers for in the Starfish Mentoring program as well as our educational advocacy program to deliver in school prevention education.
  • We are expanding in school prevention educational opportunities to Maui and Kauai.
  • Developing an advocacy agenda and engaging our volunteers and supporters to be a part of the needed legislative changes.
  • We are developing and cultivating more partnerships and collaborative opportunities- because together our impact is greater!
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We think and dream BIG. Our staff continues to grow in diverse professional makeup and expertise.

Pearl Haven Sex Trafficking Shelter

Pearl Haven is in renovation phase 3 of 6, and we are near 50% of our project cost raised. We are so thankful for the MacNaughton Foundation and John Dean along with many others who in the fourth quarter of 2018 contributed significantly to helping keep construction moving forward at Pearl Haven. We are at a critical step in this project development and are working on securing an operational partner for the services to be provided on the campus. We believe in quality programming to ensure a sustainable and robust program. The community and national support around the need for a place like Pearl Haven continues to increase and recognition of the level of trauma interventions are becoming apparent. We will do this- Pearl Haven will be completed, and it will be the needed safe space for the girls we serve!
I am forever grateful for your support, encouragement, and for believing in what WE can accomplish together. We have lit a spark that is spreading, and many are joining not only in conversation but also in engagement. We are looking forward to a productive 2019, meeting our goals, exceeding last years impact, and rooting our programmatic efforts. I am honored to be able to continue to do this work, to provide leadership in this space, plant advocacy seeds, and inspire generations of justice seekers.
With a grateful and expectant heart!
– JESSICA MUNOZ

Please consider donating to help continue to make Pearl Haven a reality.

Be part of the solution! It’s with the dedication of our supporters that we are able to advance education, awareness, and action to provide restoration for children rescued from sexual exploitation. Whether you want to volunteer your time, voice, or resources, we’ve made it easy find a way to get involved with Hoʻōla Nā Pua.


You can help survivors of sex traffickingDonations for sex trafficking to Hoʻōla Nā Pua support Health, Education, Advocacy and Reintegration, which includes our Starfish mentorship program and sustains ongoing operating and Pearl Haven site development costs. Our Federal ID number (EIN) is 46-5139164. Your gift may be 100% deductible from your taxable income.


Jessica Munoz is the Founder and President of Ho`ōla Nā Pua.  She is also a practicing Nurse Practitioner in Hawaii. While working as a pediatric crisis nurse, Jessica encountered first-hand the brutality and traumatizing effects of sex trafficking on children and young women. She recognized the need for a comprehensive system of care specific to meeting the unique needs of girls who have been sexually exploited. In 2011, Jessica volunteered with a mainland-based organization hoping their stated mission to build a home for trafficked girls would be successful. In 2013 Jessica and members of Ho`ōla Nā Pua decided that in order to complete their mission they needed to be independent, Hawaii established, and focused on their four core program areas of Health, Education, Advocacy, and Reintegration. Ho`ōla Nā Pua was founded on the core premises that sexually exploited children require a safe refuge and comprehensive renewal services tailored to their individual needs.

 

Impact Report Breakdown

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Ho‘ōla Nā Pua (HNP) is committed to the prevention of child sex trafficking and to providing a new beginning for children who have been sexually exploited through health, education, advocacy and reintegration. Our vision is to provide children who are rescued or escape from the abuse of sex trafficking with a path to restoration and healing from trauma, an increased sense of self-worth, and the confidence and ability to successfully reintegrate into their family and community.

HNP is one element in the global anti sex trafficking response network. Collectively we can create the impact needed to end child exploitation.

What We Have Accomplished So Far

With help from sponsors like you, between 2016 and 2017 we have been able to mentor 27 girls weekly, educate 210 kids monthly and volunteered 8,000 hours annually. This has impacted 9 million people globally.

Starfish Mentoring Program (SMP)

The vision of Ho‘ōla Nā Pua’s Starfish Mentoring Program (SMP) is that no survivor of sex trafficking is ever left without the support of a caring adult to help guide them toward healing, renewal and successful social reintegration. SMP offers a variety of services: one-to-one mentoring, HOKU (group activities in facilities), a family support group, and specialized agency training.  

“No matter the source of hardship, the single most common factor for children who end up doing well is having the support of at least one stable and committed relationship with a parent, caregiver, or other adult.”- Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University 

One-to-one mentoring

The one-to-one mentoring is a structured program that provides community based, trauma-informed care and support through comprehensive mentoring that addresses the unique needs of survivors of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and those at risk (ages 11-21).  

Extensively trained mentors offer support, advocacy, and serve as positive role models in addition to providing weekly activity-based outings and meetings with youth at facilities, shelters, and other placements. Activities are selected to encourage forward-thinking, self-empowerment, and pro-social skills.   

HNP has been providing mentoring and advocacy for several years; however, it was in 2016 that the program was formalized and named the Starfish Mentoring Program. The newly developed program was implemented mid 2016 with a small team of staff and volunteers committed to investing the time and effort necessary to ensure the highest quality of care.  

SMP mentors have been privileged to celebrate successes with their mentees such as returning to high school and earning diplomas, entering college and trade schools, getting driver licenses, getting jobs, discovering new talents and hobbies, recognizing and building safe friendships, and staying out of “the life.” 

The heartbreaking reality is that many CSEC survivors create trauma bonds with their traffickers and often return to them. In mentoring this population, we learn to redefine success and celebrate every small step in the right direction. When a mentee was asked how mentoring has impacted her after 1 ½ years in the program, she leaned in and said, “I’m still here.” You see, for highly traumatized youth, there is often a sense of hopelessness and an inability to envision a positive future, if any future at all. The mentee went on to say that she, in turn, has been able to encourage her peers to look forward to better days when they were “on the verge.” 

HOKU group activities

HOKU GROUP ACTIVITIES SMP holds weekly group activities (HOKU) in facilities for girls identified as high risk or victims of CSEC. This service is currently offered at Hawai‘i Youth Correctional Facility (Kailua), Hale Ho‘omalu (Kapolei), and Noho Olu Safehome (Hawai‘i Island). By definition, girls in the juvenile justice system and in the care of social services are at higher risk of CSEC victimization and many have been identified as victims. SMP offers services at these facilities in alignment with the oneto-one mentoring service with the purpose of preventing further victimization and establishing protective factors via activities that build life skills and encourage self-empowerment. CONNECTION AND CONSISTENCY are two major factors that aid healing in trauma survivors. For youth who have been traumatized, there is a general distrust of all adults which makes establishing new connections difficult. In the majority of cases, youth in facilities have experienced early childhood trauma. Research shows that childhood trauma often manifests in reactive behaviors, which may escalate into “criminal” activity. HNP serves girls in facilities because we aim to be a part of a solution that disrupts the cycle of abuse/trauma leading to reactive/criminal behaviors that inevitably sends the youth back into the juvenile justice system. A productive disruption of this cycle can happen through trauma-informed care. While lessons and activities are planned for HOKU sessions, the underlying goals of the weekly meetings are just as important.

Family Support Services 

An MSW facilitates peer support groups for families of victims. Parents of victimized children face challenges and  heartbreak that few can even imagine. There is a general misunderstanding of the trauma their children have experienced and lack of knowledge about appropriate aftercare for the victimized child and their siblings. Besides not knowing how to respond to a child that has changed significantly due to their unique traumatic experiences, they are also faced with shame, guilt, and feelings of inadequacy. They report feeling lost and alone without a roadmap in their journey to healing as a family.  

Specialized Agency Training  

SMP provides specialized agency training to agencies that provide direct-care services or may interact with CSEC survivors. The aim of this service is to define the issue, encourage appropriate responses to the unique needs of survivors, and increase referrals and collaboration amongst disciplines and agencies.  

2016-2017 Impact Numbers 

  • Agency Training- continues to provide cross sector multi-disciplinary trainings for judiciary, social service providers, and other NGOs. 
  • milestone 1: HOKU implemented its first group session in November 2016 at one location and expanded to 2 additional locations in 2017 
  • milestone 2:  First SMP mentor training – June 2016 and held quarterly since. 
  • impact story – having a friend that she could talk to was important, but having a friend she could tell others about gave her a sense of empowerment that raised her self-esteem. She began to see her value as a human being, rather than a commodity.  
  • HNP’s Starfish Mentoring Program serves an average 27 youth each week, reaching 90 at-risk and trafficked youth over 2016-2017 through individual mentoring  and HOKU group activities. 

Education  

Our prevention-based education program is geared towards middle and high school students through college aged students. Our focus is Education & Prevention: Sex Trafficking of Minors in Hawai`i. 

Local Reach

HNP reached an estimated 43,675 individuals in the community through events, trainings, and community presentations.  

Milestone 1

Formalizing the Prevention Education Program. HNP completed and began implementing its version 1.0 formalized Prevention Education Program educating students and the community. The age-appropriate and student-centered presentation offers comprehensive training on important information including who is at risk for becoming a victim, what some of the warning signs are, why it happens in Hawai’i and how to get help. This also includes important information on the dangers of social media and gaming and how to keep safe and use the internet wisely. Finally, it includes the science of pornography addiction and how pornography is the platform for Human Trafficking.  

Milestone 2

Part of the process for formalizing this Prevention Education Program was recruiting a teen board to review the materials and offer feedback. They developed the idea for the Student Resource Card which is now given out to all students at all presentations.  In 2016, 2057 middle school to college aged students in 10 schools and in 2017, 1888 middle school to college aged students in ~19 schools or venues were reached. 

Milestone 3

HNP trained its first volunteer Education Advocates on two islands. On O’ahu 20 volunteer Education Advocates were trained while on Hawai`i Island 8 volunteer Education Advocates were trained. This is currently an initial 18 hours of training (web-based, CSEC, Train the Trainer) with 4-6 more hours of presentation training as well as an additional 16 hours of continued training via quarterly workshops. 

Milestone 4

HNP has been raising awareness and increasing community involvement around the issue of underage sex trafficking through community awareness events, e.g., Human Trafficking Awareness Walk & Fair; Good Deeds Day; Make A Difference Day; educational presentations to youth, young adults and the community at large; Volunteer Orientation & Advocate Trainings (VOAT), Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Trainings, Train the Trainer as well as many community outreach events.  

Milestone 5

In 2016 HNP started inviting college students to intern. These students were  from UH West O’ahu, Corban University as well as Biola University. In 2017 HNP partnered for the first time with Kamehameha Schools Kapili ‘Oihana Internship Program becoming a site host for student interns. 

Volunteers 

 HNP was initially 100% volunteer driven, but with the addition of a few paid staff and contracted team members, it is now volunteer supported. Without this incredible volunteer support, HNP’s programs would not have grown as quickly. Our volunteers are the backbone of this organization. It is the hearts and passion of these volunteers that make a difference in the programs, outreach, advocacy and education within our community. Our volunteers are active mentors, education advocates, regional coordinators, community and donor advocates. They come from varying backgrounds from high school and college students to professionals in accounting, law, health care, education, business and more. Our volunteer program also partners with other organization’s volunteers in community events. Our volunteers are the heart and soul of HNP. 

2016-2017 impact number 

HNP trained ~124 new volunteers in 2016 and ~170 in 2017. Volunteers logged over 8,000 hours each year. 

MAHALO TO OUR SUPPORTERS AND SUSTAINING DONORS 2016-2017 

The work to help the Keiki of Hawaii and beyond would not be possible without our donors visit this link to view their names: www.hoolanapua.org/impact 

Please consider donating to help continue to make this dream a reality.

Be part of the solution! It’s with the dedication of our supporters that we are able to advance education, awareness, and action to provide restoration for children rescued from sexual exploitation. Whether you want to volunteer your time, voice, or resources, we’ve made it easy find a way to get involved with Hoʻōla Nā Pua.


You can help survivors of sex traffickingDonations for sex trafficking to Hoʻōla Nā Pua support Health, Education, Advocacy and Reintegration, which includes our Starfish mentorship program and sustains ongoing operating and Pearl Haven site development costs. Our Federal ID number (EIN) is 46-5139164. Your gift may be 100% deductible from your taxable income.

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Why Volunteer? Help Survivors of Sex Trafficking

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Why Volunteer?

By: Elisabeth Mather, Volunteeer

I recall sitting in an auditorium back in 2014 and listening to Jessica Munoz speak about the urgent need for services to survivors of sex trafficking. After the talk, I timidly approached a volunteer sign-up table and said, “I can write. I don’t have anything on my resume that proves it, but I’d like to help.”

Since then, I’ve blogged, written grants, tabled events, and volunteered at several of the annual Pearl Galas.

In the midst of several jobs and graduate school.

Yet for many busy individuals like myself who invest our resources into Ho‘ola Na Pua, the answer to the question, “Why volunteer?” is simple—it lies squarely within the mission of the organization.

Help Survivors

As Ho‘ola Na Pua grows, volunteers continue to be drawn towards its visionary leadership in ending sex trafficking and its immediate impact upon local communities. Volunteer Licia Hill emphasizes that the organization “addresses a vital need in our community”; likewise, Genel Oganeku partners with Ho‘ola Na Pua, because it is “fighting FOR human value because every life matters.”

For Pamela Chun, volunteering with the Ho‘ola Na Pua is “a blessing because of the heart of the organization to bring awareness to the community about sex trafficking of minor girls in our State.”

Sex Trafficking Advocacy

Additionally, many volunteers are prompted by personal experience. Jasmine Baker joined Ho‘ola Na Pua after volunteering in the prison system and observing that women who experienced underage sex-trafficking “did not receive help but ended up in a cycle of drugs and petty crime.”

Towards that end, Ho‘ola Na Pua’s four-pronged approach of promoting health, education, advocacy, and reintegration provides services for affected youth, as well as preventative education and community advocacy. Retired San Jose Police Lieutenant Ernie King observes, “From my professional experience, I know that community education is a key component not only in educating the public, but possibly allowing victims to self-identify with what is happening in their or others’ lives as a criminal situation and then to reach out for help. As an Educational Advocate for Ho‘ola Na Pua, I have personally seen the positive impact our educational outreach has had in the schools.”

Sex Trafficking Education and Prevention

Similarly, Elizabeth Nohea Coleman—a Kamehameha Schools alumna and currently a student at  Dartmouth College who participated in Ho‘ola Na Pua’s public service announcements and its Educational Program Development Teen Review—says, “Teens need to be educated and need to know how to be protected. I hope my small part will have a large impact in helping Hawai’i’s teens to stay protected and safe.”

Individual Growth

As volunteers sacrifice their time and energy towards Ho‘ola Na Pua and the cause of ending sex trafficking, they often find rewards in unexpected places. Renee Perrington recounts her own experience: “All of the activities I participated in not only spread awareness of the issue of sex trafficking of minors, but they stretched and grew me as an individual. I found out that I was capable of more than I thought, that I did have a voice, that I could face the fear of public speaking and overcome it.”

Sense of Community

Ultimately, Ho‘ola Na Pua embodies the sense of ‘ohana that permeates our islands—we are one family and care deeply for each member of this closely knit community. With unrelenting compassion for Hawai‘i’s youth, combined with strategic, visionary planning, Ho‘ola Na Pua has empowered hundreds of volunteers like myself to shape the future of our local community. In joining with its mission, I have had the opportunity to use my unique gifts to advocate for and serve the needs of innumerable girls who have endured far beyond what any child should have to experience. Through volunteer opportunities provided by Ho’ola Na Pua, I have found a place to turn outrage over injustice and passion for social change into concrete action. As the organization continues to grow, I celebrate the progress produced by action with a community of like-minded people.

As Ho‘ola Na Pua intern Jade Pham observes, “Servanthood is proven to be a powerful tool for change.”

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Be Part of the Solution

Volunteers are the backbone of Hoʻōla Nā Pua and play an important role in our mission to provide a safe campus for underage female victims of sex trafficking in Hawaii. They are working professionals, parents, college and high school students, retirees, event organizers, fundraisers, and more. We have several volunteer opportunities and will have many more in the years to come, as we get closer to opening the home. If there isn’t something offered presently that is a good fit with your unique skills and interests, please follow our HNP Volunteer Facebook page to stay updated with our progress and any new volunteer opportunities.