Human trafficking rehab home sees success

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- The only rehab home of its kind in Brown County celebrates one year of helping human trafficking survivors.

Action 2 News first reported on the Rose Home last fall, when its doors were opened. Since then, 12 women have passed through the house, after leaving the life of human sex trafficking.

“It's a chance for them to come to the home and just learn to be, again. To find rest, and find some peace. And then the hard work of healing does begin,” says Brian Russo, Executive Director and Co-founder of Eye Heart World.

The Rose Home takes in women ages 18 to 25, who are human trafficking survivors.

“Their needs are very specific, so they need care that's tailored specifically and exclusively to their experiences,” Russo explains.

While at the home, women have access to round the clock treatment, receiving trauma therapy, life skills training, and even workforce preparation for when they’re ready to move out.

The goal of the Rose Home is to get survivors back on their feet, and out in the “real world” once again. Organizers say they’ve already seen some success.

“[One Rose Home graduate] is doing amazing. She has a job. She has a car, she's getting ready to get an apartment and move out of her mom's house. And it's really just amazing to see the seeds that we plant in the Rose Home are really flourishing,” Russo tells Action 2 News.

As the Rose Home celebrates its one year anniversary, organizers are hoping for a long future ahead.

“It's been really amazing to see the way they just blossom when you put them in a healthy environment, in a loving, supportive environment,” Russo says.

The Rose Home operates on funding from generous donors from the Northeast Wisconsin community. To keep the home up and running, Eye Heart World is promoting the “500 for Freedom” campaign, hoping to reel in 500 donors, who donate $25 monthly.

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