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Rebuilding Lives... A Survivors Story - WTLC: Ending the Cycle of Violence and Exploitation
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Rebuilding Lives… A Survivors Story


John entered our emergency housing program after falling victim to labor trafficking by their husband whom he met in Brazil. John came to the United States in 2019 after marrying his partner. Immediately after coming to the U.S., John began to work in maintenance, but his partner would withhold his earnings and would not allow him to leave the house, except to attend church service. John was referred to WTLC from, Riverside referred by an organization called “Reach” who along with church members helped him escape the debts of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.


It was difficult for John to seek help as he speaks primarily Portuguese. He felt isolated, but once he was connected to our program he felt comfortable and supported. John has demonstrated significant willpower to move forward to a life free from violence. John immediately adjusted well to our Bridge Housing Program, forming a bond with his roommates.


Two weeks into the program, John was able to obtain employment in Orange County as a construction worker and is currently seeking a second job to further strengthen his financial situation. Despite working full time, John continues to meet with their Housing Advocate to discuss his case plan as he has plans to obtain his own apartment after graduating.


If you know someone in need of help please contact our Helpline @  (877) 531-5522