I am a recovering addict and a survivor of the sex industry. I have been sober and out of "the life" since 1993. Since that time I have dedicated much of my time helping those who were in the same situation. In 2003 I meet Marisa Ugarte, Executive Director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, who taught me about Human Trafficking and all of it's ugly faces.
Since I started my path in recovery, I participate in San Diego's "Prostitution Impact Panel" who has seen over 1,354 sex-buyers, with a 3.5% recidivism rate.
I started the Survivors of the Streets (SOS) group, which the City Attorney's office uses as a First Offender Diversion Program for adults who were picked up for prostitution (647b) activities. Of the 892 participants, 51% could be construed as victims of Human Trafficking. We meet every Tuesday from 6 - 8 pm.
I do groups at the Girl's Rehab. Facility at Juvenile Hall who are both CSEC and high at-risk girls. We have seen 378, 14 of which were at-risk and the rest CSEC victims, with the goal to reeducate them so they may lead healthier lifestyles. We meet the first 3 Fridays of the month from 3-5 pm.
I do groups at La Maestra with transgender women and want society to realize how vast exploitation is within the LGBT world. We meet every other Friday from 11 am to 12:30 pm at La Maestra in City Heights.
Our program has won the Norma Hotaling Award, Chief's Award from San Diego County Juvenile Probation, recognition by New Alternatives, Inc. Recognition by North County Lifeline, City Attorney's office and the San Diego District Attorney's office.
If you are interested in participating in any of our groups, please call me, Kathi Hardy, at 619-459-4877.