Mission and History
Our mission is to end human and sex trafficking one woman at a time. We empower women to transform their lives through the healing power of life in community. Eden House does this by providing a safe home, coordinating recovery services, and through advocacy, outreach, education, and love.
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, as well as a Louisiana Delta Corps member, 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 30 residents, and has assisted over 120 women through direct outreach, advocacy, referrals, and phone consultations. Our first resident graduated from the entire 2-year program in April 2015.
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 five successful fundraisers in May 2012, November 2012, and November 2013, 2014, and 2015.