About our Compassion Houses
Trafficking survivors risk their lives to regain their freedom. Comprehensive reintegration services bring girls a real chance at a new life and reduce re-trafficking risks. We work closely with trafficking survivors in their communities and at our shelters. PALS operates two shelters for trafficking survivors during their critical period of reintegration. Opened in 2008, our first shelter, the Long Xuyen Open House, is located in An Giang province, near the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Based on its success and the ever-growing need for reintegration services, PALS opened the Compassion House in Lao Cai Province along the Vietnam-China border in 2010.
The Long Xuyen Open House and Lao Cai Compassion House offer a supportive environment for survivors when returning home is not yet a safe or viable option. The shelters play an instrumental role in helping the young women regain self-confidence and establish self-sufficiency. The young women, aged 13 and older, reside in the shelter until they finish their training. Some have stayed for over two years. Our services include:
- Safe housing and emotional support
- Vocational training or academic schooling
- Health insurance and comprehensive care services
- Life skills training: literacy, reproductive health awareness, etc.
- Job placement assistance
- Legal assistance
- Support to family members