Approximately 33% of our young women are mothers. On average, there are 24 “two-generation” families (including 32 children) in our care every day, translating to about 64 families (including 90 children) annually – more than any other provider in the state/region.
We are excited to announce a new initiative to expand and enhance the services we provide for our young families. We have researched best-practice intervention models from across the country focused on providing the very best care for mother, child, and family.
We meet our kids where they are. It is our job to develop the very best models of care for each of our unique populations of youth.
Youth who come to us as human trafficking victims need immediate safety and security. Many victims of trafficking and sexual labor are struggling with mental health issues, addictions, and severe trauma from recent experiences.
We provide direct care to these young people through intensive case management, individual counseling and group therapy, and comprehensive support services.
Covenant House brings experience and partnerships together to offer victim-centered, trauma-informed care for victims and survivors of human trafficking.
Over the past year, Covenant House has provided comprehensive services and care to 90 human trafficking victims/survivors.
97% of our victims/survivors have a previous history of sexual abuse, assault and/or rape
94% were first trafficked while under the age of 21
99% currently suffer from profound trauma (PTSD) or poly trauma
97% grew up in dysfunctional, abusive, violent homes
55% of our female victims/survivors have a history of dancing in clubs, and 98% of the those first danced in a club while under the age of 21
Approximately 25% of the residents of Covenant House have been victims of human trafficking and/or have been involved in sexual labor
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act .
While some victims of human trafficking are held by physical restraint or force, there are also psychological and emotional barriers that may force people into conditions of exploitation and prevent them from escaping.
New Orleans is a hub for human trafficking, and homeless youth are some of the most vulnerable to those looking to exploit them. Traffickers look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability.
The Human Trafficking Task Force
Covenant House is very proud to be a core member and the lead service provider of the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force.
The Task Force is a coalition of state, civil society, and citizen organizers committed to the prevention of human trafficking in the Greater New Orleans area, which seeks to combat human trafficking through seamless collaboration between law enforcement and social service providers.
Covenant House works hard to foster an environment of acceptance and inclusion by both our residents and our staff. Above all, we practice unconditional love and absolute respect.
Of the hundreds of young people we care for each year, 33% self-identify as LGBTQ. We respect each of these residents’ wishes when it comes to names, pronouns, and living arrangements.
We are grateful to be continually strengthening our relationship with LGBTQ organizations throughout the region. We give our thanks to organizations such as BreakOUT!, which helps connect our LGBTQ residents with additional supportive services.
CHNOLA is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Much more than “just a shelter,” we provide supportive counseling and the tools needed to help our youth become independent, productive members of our community.