"Free a Girl" and "Santa Monica Home", institutions united by a world without commercial exploitation of girls and adolescents.

Founded in 2008 in the Netherlands, Free a Girl supports the socio-educational project of the Augustinians Recollects in Fortaleza (Ceará, Brazil), with common objectives focused on the recovery and complete reintegration of girls who suffered, among other violence, commercial exploitation, the main task of working of the Dutch NGO.
News | 2020 Oct 31

Free a Girl is a foundation born in 2008 in the Netherlands as a result of the concern of its four founders for girls worldwide suffering from commercial sexual exploitation..

The main objective of this organization is direct combat to the sexual exploitation of girls. For this, among other programs, it frees girls and adolescents from prostitution. In its eleven years of existence it has already managed to remove up to 4,500 girls from brothels.

The foundation invests funds in foster homes and the necessary treatments for victims to overcome trauma, have medical care, education and job training for their social reintegration. For this reason, Free a Girl provides financial support to 15 local organizations in India,,Nepal,Bangladesh,Thailand,Brazil and the Netherlands..

One of these direct collaborations is with the Santa Monica Home, as indicated by the director of the Augustinian recollect project:

"Free a Girl has helped us for years, they are with us, they support us and they contribute in the fight against the sexual exploitation of girls and adolescents. For us this support is very important and we thank Free a Girl for her commitment, affection and funds, relying on this common cause."

Free a Girl is described as an institution to combat the sexual exploitation of girls; fight for a world without child prostitution, safe for the little ones, where they are all protected against any form of exploitation.

Combat is arduous and requires multiple spaces of action; among them, it carries outcampaigns to prevent, denounce and combat impunity; awareness-raising-and education; training and support for police instruments to be effective and aware of the suffering ofvictims; seeking coordinated, quality and specialized public care; empowerment and self-control of girls and women to confront networks of exploitation and permissive cultures...

Direct work with communities susceptible to human trafficking and vulnerable families leads to the training of young people in the culture of gender equality; rescues that can only be made after many hours of secret investigation, collection of evidence and operations with the authorities; or legal advice, reporting and preparation of victim’s for court sessions.

Finally, we work on rehabilitation and social reintegration with constant visits, presence in communities, combating stigma, finding alternative sources of income, preventing possible setbacks of victims for lack of livelihoods...

Lobbying and social pressure campaigns are also needed too attract the attention of governments and judicial bodies, so it participated in training days for justice officials and advocates the implementation of legislation on children's rights, or combating lax laws in this regard.

Data bank

With these resources from Free a Girl,  the Santa Monica Home has proceeded to implement a database that provides more security, assertiveness and speed in the control of information on direct assistance to beneficiaries and the services and problems that have to be addressed and solved for each of them.

Training of the base managers was carried out between July and August and in September the system was started, which is already in full operation in October. The set of files that interact with each other has been unified, storing a wide range of data: names, documents, training, medicines and their administration, addresses, services specific to each beneficiary...

In the Data Bank the records of beneficiaries and their families, professionals and educational and psychosocial programs, reports, indicators, financial costs are kept in safe custody, allowing all this greater control and mastery of the actions of the Santa Monica home as a whole.

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