Casa Libertad-Coral

The Freedom House

Face of Justice will provide a safe environment for at-risk female minors 13-18 years of age who have fallen prey to the destruction of the sexual exploitation and human trafficking. In the past decade, the Costa Rican government has greatly improved its services to meet the needs of victims of exploitation and trafficking within its boarders. Yet one of its greatest needs is to have a place to offer over-night housing for minors who are victims of these crimes. Currently these minors are being placed in temporary housing like hotels or hostels or PANI homes for orphan children, which do not meet the specific needs to these victims. Over the past few years, several government agencies have asked Face of Justice to provide this need and we are in process of finishing the Freedom House. Our main objectives for this immediate care center are:

  1. To provide immediate, short-term holistic care for girls aged 13-18 who are rescued, discovered or who seek refuge from dangerous and exploitative environments.
  2. To work in collaboration with government efforts and protocol in meeting the needs of the victims they and Face of Justice encounter among these at-risk populations.
  3. To provide a safe place where these victims can be protected from perpetrators, traffickers and pimps.
  4. To create and maintain positive mutually beneficial relationship with Poder Judicial, OIJ, PANI, Attencion de Victimas, and Ministerio Publico.

Advocacy Project

FOJ is establishing a program to train and appoint a Special Advocate to guide each woman or child who has fallen victim to trafficking through the legal processes they face as they bring their perpetrators to justice. The Special Advocacy Project will train people to serve as a liaisons between investigators, the courts, the victim, their family and the community. Costa Rica’s current government protocols do not adequately meet the emotional and physical needs of the victim, and advocacy is a concept that needs to be applied to the high-risk population in the legal system. The Special Advocate Project will walk through the legal process of pressing charges, testifying and bringing to trial the perpetrators of women and children in situations of trafficking and sexual exploitation.

This program involves:

  1. Training adult leaders to be Special Advocates.
  2. Adapting the program to current government protocol already in place.
  3. Establishing an in-court system in which Special Advocates are appointed at first point of contact.
  4. Placing Special Advocates in the field as victims are rescued, discovered or come forward to report.