Mission and History
Eden House is a movement to eradicate the trafficking and selling of human beings. We create systemic change through: youth prevention; education and legislative advocacy, and recovery and reentry services for victims, including long-term shelter.
Founded in 2011, Eden House is the first recovery home for adult female victims of human trafficking and commercial exploitation in the Greater New Orleans area. Eden House is patterned after Magdalene House/Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tennessee, which has a long history of providing successful recovery services for trafficking survivors. As the first of its kind, Eden House addresses our community’s epidemic of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of an overlooked and underserved demographic: women of all races and ages who have survived forced prostitution.
Our confidentially located residence was secured in May of 2012 and renovated by volunteers that summer. Eden House started with a paid full-time and part-time staff of three, as well as an Executive Director who donated her considerable time and effort. Today, Eden House has grown to include one full-time Executive Director, two clinicians, a Program Coordinator, a Young Adult Volunteer Corps administrative assistant, and a pool of ten rotating undergraduate, legal and clinical interns.
Our first resident arrived at Eden House in October 2012. Since then, Eden House has housed more than 45 residents, and has assisted over 200 women through direct outreach, advocacy, referrals, and phone consultations. Our first resident graduated from our program in April 2015.
In September 2016, Eden House launched its prevention education program, R.E.A.L. Choices, using the curriculum developed by My Life My Choices. Eden House also launched a social enterprise, Especially Eden, in October 2017 to provide residents with job training and employment.
At this point, Eden House does not receive any direct federal or state funding for our services. Funding is provided by individuals, privately held foundations, and companies who either pledge donations or volunteer their services. Eden House has put on seven successful fundraisers in May 2012, November 2012, and November 2013-2017.