Supporting Survivors of Human Trafficking

“Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.
Statistics have shown that sex trafficking alone is the 2nd highest-growing crime next to drug trafficking in the United States—and Orange County is unfortunately a part of this trend.

According to the 2019 Human Trafficking Report produced by the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force:

Of the 415 Orange County people who experienced human trafficking, 87% experienced sex trafficking. Of the 359 who experienced sex trafficking:
99% were female
69% were adults and 31% were minors
83% were US citizens
61% experienced trafficking for the first time

Orangewood Foundation is working hard to address the issue by providing programs that establish a safe place for groups that have been economically and socially marginalized. You can help by donating below.

The Lighthouse is a program for survivors of sex trafficking in Orange County. This transitional housing program helps them return to a healthy and productive life. The Lighthouse is staffed 24/7 by Orangewood employees who have the experience and training to understand this unique population and offer specialized, individualized support. Similar to our current transitional housing programs, The Lighthouse is more than just a place to live. It is a place for survivors to heal and begin to create a new life for themselves.

For questions, please contact Chelsea O'Reilly, at coreilly@orangewoodfoundation.org.

Project CHOICE empowers youth ages 11-21 years to take back their power of choice, through a survivor centered and strengths based approach, prioritizing the health, safety, and stability of each youth. The program offers a drop-in center for youth with one-on-one support and awareness and training for the community.


For questions, please contact Kristi Boogaard, at kboogaard@orangewoodfoundation.org.

Please note: We do not have volunteer opportunities at The Lighthouse due to the sensitive nature of what the women have experienced in their pasts. If you’d like to volunteer for Orangewood in other ways, please click here to be redirected to our Volunteer page.