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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, DCSW, LSW, CSAC, is currently is a consultant in human services program development, training, and accreditation preparation. She retired in 2013 as Executive Director of the Salvation Army Family Treatment Services (SAFTS) which provides a continuum of substance abuse and mental health treatment services for pregnant and parenting women and their children. As Clinical Director of SAFTS for 14 years prior, she was instrumental in moving FTS’ programs toward greater cultural responsiveness, and expanded the organizations continuum of care. She has been a clinician and administrator in the fields of mental health, child abuse prevention, maternal and child health and chemical dependency treatment for nearly forty years. Ms. Rich is an accreditation surveyor for Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, reviewing mental health and substance abuse programs throughout the United States for nineteen years. She has served on state task forces related to domestic violence and services for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, has been a SAMHSA CSAT grant reviewer and has spoken at state and national conferences on gender specific treatment. She chairs the board of Directors of Institute for Healing of Memories-North America and is treasurer of Hula Preservation Society.
In 2009 she was recognized by Mental Health America of Hawaii as outstanding Executive Director and in 2010 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii chapter of The National Association of Social Workers. In 2013 she received the Salvation Army’s Award for Excellence in Social Work for the Western Territory of the United States. She is a founding member of Hawaii Infant Mental Health Association, “First Relationships”.
Ms. Rich earned her masters degree in Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She completed a clinical social work fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Pearl Haven Advisory Board:
Amefil “Amy” Agbayani was born in Manila during World War II. She was named “Amefil,” for America and the Philippines. Most of her students and staff call her “Manang” (older sister).” Agbayani came to Hawai‘i in 1964 as an East West Center scholar in political science. She received distinguished alumni awards from the University of the Philippines (BA), the University of Hawai‘i (MA and PhD) and the East West Center. She lives in Kalihi Valley with her partner Gus Gustafson.
In 1972, Agbayani co-founded Operation Manong, a program for UH Mānoa college students to tutor Filipino and other immigrant students in the public schools. Over time, she broadened her efforts to serve low income students, women, Native Hawaiians, African Americans, Pacific Islanders, the LGBT community, students with disabilities, senior citizens, pre-school children, immigrants and other underrepresented groups. She secured millions of dollars for scholarships and student service programs. Her office expanded to become one of the most comprehensive student diversity programs in the nation.
In addition to her work for students, Agbayani conducts research on Filipinos in Hawai‘i. She co-edited two books on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in higher education. She was appointed to be the founding chair of the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission, served as Chair of the Hawai‘i Judicial Selection Commission, co-chair of Governor Abercrombie’s campaign , and elector for President Obama in 2008. She received awards from the YWCA, Patsy T. Mink PAC, the Filipino Community Center, and honored by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission as a “Living Treasure.” She is chair of the Filipino-American Advocacy Network (FAN) and co-chair of the Hawai’i Friends of Civil Rights.
Dr. Agbayani retired from UH Manoa in 2016 and is an Emeritus Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity. She continues to advocate for civil rights and social justice and has established the Amy Agbayani scholarship for civil rights with the UH Foundation and an EWC scholarship for students from the Philippines.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 .