"Her value is far above rubies and pearls..."
Cherished High Desert is a residential program and social enterprise for women survivors of domestic commercialized sexual exploitation, human trafficking, addictions and life on the streets.
Established in 2011, as a 501(c)(3) serving Los Angeles County, Cherished's work in the anti-trafficking movement is four-fold:
Outreach & Awareness
We reach out to survivors by visiting local strip clubs, and inviting women to our weekly support groups. We educate our community about the link between child sexual abuse and entrance into the commercial sex industry through our interactive art exhibit and by speaking at community events.
Cherished provides free housing and wrap-around care for women survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Residents are expected to complete a 2-year program with the option of a transitional third year.
Our residents learn to care for others in a safe community while also learning to care for their home.
In our Social Enterprise, our survivors become artisans. They handcraft jewelry, all-natural bath and body products, and soy candles. Shop in our online store or visit us at one of the many events we attend.
At Cherished, we provide long-term aftercare for survivors including case management, trauma-informed private and group therapy, and mentoring. Survivors participate in life skills classes, such as financial management and receive continuing education assistance.
We provide yoga and dance classes. Cherished also works with a talented tattoo artist to assist in tattoo removal or to cover scars from the industry. We also provide special, cultural events for our residents to expand their view of the world.