Malouf Foundation™ Raises Over $200,000 to Support First Utah Aftercare Center for Young Female Trafficking Survivors
LOGAN, Utah—On June 8, at their Park City Golf for Freedom tournament, the Malouf Foundation announced their plans to build the first long-term, residential, therapeutic facility in Utah for young female survivors of trafficking (ages 11 to 18). The golf tournament held at the Painted Valley Golf Course in Park City raised over $200,000, and every dollar will go directly toward the development of the new center expected to break ground in 2022 in the Greater Salt Lake area.
The aftercare center will serve young female survivors (ages 11 to 18) across Utah and surrounding areas and will provide trauma-informed, holistic care on site. Services will include medical care, clinical therapy, education and life skills training, faith support groups, and legal assistance. Survivors currently can receive temporary support through a Children's Justice Center or another community organization. However, most of these programs are not equipped to provide the robust treatment survivors need to heal and reintegrate into society.
“A year after the Malouf Foundation was formalized in 2016, we adopted our flagship cause to confront child sexual exploitation through education, healing and justice. The new Utah aftercare center aligns with our focus on healing, and we're proud to offer these services to children,” said Kacie Malouf, co-founder of Malouf™ and board chair of the Malouf Foundation. “Oftentimes a survivor may feel like they have nowhere to go for help. We believe that if survivors have a safe place to go upon escape or rescue, more of them will be empowered to come forward and start the healing process sooner.”
At the tournament, Utah trafficking survivor Julie Whitehead shared the challenges she faced trying to find the appropriate aftercare placement after escaping her trafficker. Unable to find treatment in Utah, Whitehead traveled to multiple states before she found a program that could accommodate her needs. She shared, “As a survivor of human trafficking, it was terribly hard to re-enter society. There are so many issues to work through that require medical and therapeutic interventions, and frankly, it’s expensive. A lot of survivors cannot afford to travel the country and piece meal their therapy together like I had to.”
Whitehead added, “I found that healing requires intentional work and opening those wounds and working through the fallout…. I can’t stress enough the importance of aftercare centers that are tailored to trafficking survivors—to have all of the different resources under one roof, a safe place where survivors can live with other survivors who understand things in a way no one else can. If I would have had that, I believe I would be farther along in my healing journey.”
The Malouf Foundation will continue to work with aftercare experts in multiple states to ensure they facilitate the individual needs of survivors. The Foundation is aiming to build the aftercare center in the Greater Salt Lake area and is currently looking at land opportunities. For privacy and safety purposes, the exact location will not be disclosed. Renderings of the campus are also being created by Malouf’s award-winning interior design team. The initial designs include an administrative wing, transitional housing, independent housing and a community center. The Foundation is working to break ground in 2022.
More than 30 teams attended the Golf for Freedom tournament on June 8 in Park City. Survivor leaders Coco Berthmann and Julie Whitehead attended, as well as political leaders like Utah Governor Spencer Cox, Utah representatives Blake Moore and Chris Stewart, and former National Security Advisor Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien. Title sponsor for the event was Tamarak Capital and other sponsors included DRIVEN, Madbrook Donuts and NOW CFO.
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