The EVA Center is a survivor led, social justice oriented program whose mission is to empower women who have experienced sexual exploitation, (prostitution, sex trafficking), to find solutions to the issues they face and exit the commercial sex industry. We also work to challenge public perceptions and strongly advocate for specialized, survivor led, strength based programming that increases awareness of the many socio-economic and situational factors contributing to women's and girls entry into the sex trade.
The EVA Center is growing thanks to a committed and diverse group of organizations, city officials, law enforcement and survivors who repeatedly identified the need for specialized services along with a safe emergency housing/shelter program for women who want out of the sex trade. Through new collaborations we are working to open a housing program by the end of this year, both emergency and transitional programs. Safe housing has been identified as one of of the greatest needs for women to permanently exit out.
Through a collaboration between the BU Research Team under Dr. David Shim we provided an evidence based look at Boston's Sex Trade at The John Adams Courthouse on April 27th. The analysis of EVA Center data provided an opportunity to better understand and consequently help us develop more sound policies and appropriate responses for our most vulnerable population of women. A big thank you to Boston University's Research Team.
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