Our Goal: Position Kentucky as the nation’s hub for quality training and credible research on faith-based care for survivors of sexual exploitation. 


Kentucky ranked 9th for new criminal human trafficking cases in 20191


American children are at risk for sexual exploitation2


Victims of sex trafficking have been identified in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in all 50 states3


The average age of induction into the sex trade4

We invite you to make an investment in this work, and in our vision that any survivor—anywhere in the nation—would have access to qualified, compassionate care. 


1 https://youreyessavelives.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx

2 Estes, R., & Weiner, N. (2001). The commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania. 

3 “Hotline Statistics.” National Human Trafficking Hotline, Polaris, https://humantraffickinghotline.org/states.

4  dosomething.org

5 https://youreyessavelives.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx

6 National Shelter Landscape Map. The Samaritan Women, 18 Feb. 2022, https://thesamaritanwomen.org/shelter-map

Kentucky leaders speak about Human Trafficking efforts in the state. Watch to learn more:

“Trafficking doesn’t stop when you lock the bad guys up. It takes so much more. It takes men and women of good will who are ready to pick up the pieces of those who have been victimized…Simply put, it is choosing to be the hands and feet of Christ and it takes a big vision—the vision that The Samaritan Women [Institute for Shelter Care] have. Let me leave no doubt when it comes to our office. You are not alone in this fight. Our office stands in agreement with The Samaritan Women [Institute for Shelter Care] and, as Scripture demands, we will carry this burden with you.”

– Attorney General Daniel Cameron

“The Institute for Shelter Care being here in Kentucky will not only help continue our efforts but to push them forward”

– Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear