2020 Impact Report

1,093 Success Stories...and Counting!

Who We Serve

“My whole life changed because of my Survivor-Mentor”

– Victim Served by the Open Doors Outreach Network

CELEBRATING MANY GAINS FOR CHILD AND YOUNG ADULT VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING

By any measure, 2020 was an incredibly challenging year for victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking served by the Voices for Florida Open Doors Outreach Network. At a time when public health authorities advised everyone to wear masks and maintain social distancing, victims needed help more than ever. Reports of human trafficking significantly increased during the pandemic, according to the Polaris Project . But with your help, and that of many others, we’re delivering on our mission to create transformational change for children.

While the pause button was pressed on much of our lives, Voices and our Open Doors providers fast forwarded digital and other creative changes to maintain 24/7/365 care and support. As the backbone organization for Open Doors, Voices will codify many of these innovations into our Open Doors care model of promising practices when we emerge out of this crisis.

Just as importantly, the pandemic further demonstrated the need for services like Open Doors with such a highly mobile population. Because we are a network of services, and funding follows the victim, we can provide the same high-quality care as victims move from county to county, as they often do.

To all our partners, funders and supporters, we thank you for your unwavering dedication to helping these victims on their journey to survivorship. In a year where many experienced so many losses due to COVID-19, your support empowered the many gains we achieved for victims. Together, with every dollar and every voice raised, we are making a difference.

Robyn Metcalf
Open Doors Statewide Director

Services Offered

The Care Teams

SUCCESS STORY - A SECOND FAMILY THROUGH THE OPEN DOORS OUTREACH NETWORK

Danielle* is a victim served by the Open Doors Outreach Network who was being sold to men for sex by her own mother. After reporting to teachers this was happening, she was referred to the Open Doors Outreach Network by the Department of Children and Families.
 
The Open Doors Outreach Network first met Danielle at the State Attorney’s Office while she was preparing to testify against her mother. From then on, her team was with her every step of the way during the judicial process. At the sentencing hearing, Danielle asked the entire Outreach Team to accompany her. There, each member took turns holding her hand and providing support to help calm her nerves.
 
Because of Danielle’s unwavering testimony, which she was able to deliver with the strength of her Outreach Team behind her, her mom is now incarcerated, no longer able to harm her daughter or anyone else.
 
It’s incredible how much Danielle has changed since the team first came into contact with her. Danielle no longer struggles with self-harm and, with the support of her Open Doors Survivor-Mentor, now knows how to handle triggers of PTSD. She continues to receive counseling with he rOpen Doors Clinician. With the stability created around her, Danielle graduated high school on time! She plans to attend college and pursue work in the field of business.
 
*Name has been changed to protect privacy

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP AND SUPPORT

Child and young adult survivors for their courage and trust