THE REFUGE FOR DMST

A Place of Rest and Restoration

aka THE REFUGE FOR DMST   |   Austin, TX   |  https://therefugedmst.org/

Mission

The Refuge for DMST™ (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) has a very specific mission: To provide trauma-informed, long-term restoration community with on-site services for girls, ages 14 through 19, who have been exploited through sex trafficking.

Ruling year info

2014

President and COO

Danielle Owens

Main address

PO Box 90804

Austin, TX 78709 USA

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EIN

46-4098511

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Child sex trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world, and Texas has the second most reported number of child sex trafficking cases in the US. According to The University of Texas at Austin, there are currently 79,000 young adults and minors who have been sex trafficked in Texas alone. Prior to the opening of The Refuge Ranch, Texas had only 24 beds available for child survivors’ long-term recovery from trauma. Now, there are 72.

Our programs

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The Refuge Ranch

The Refuge for DMST™ (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has developed The Refuge Ranch, a long-term, residential, therapeutic community for 43 girls, minors through age 19, who have been recovered from sex trafficking. Built with generous community support on 50 acres in a restorative setting outside of Austin, TX, The Refuge Ranch provides the trauma-informed, holistic Circle of Care program for the girls on site, including: psychiatric services from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Psychiatry and the Institute for Early Life Adversity Research; education through the University of Texas-University Charter School (UT-UCS); medical services by community partners; and various therapeutic programs uniquely designed for the development of a child survivor. The Refuge Ranch is the largest long-term, live-in rehabilitation facility for child survivors of sex trafficking in the United States.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescent girls
At-risk youth
Victims of crime and abuse
Transitioning children

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Refuge for DMST™ (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) has a very specific mission: To provide trauma-informed, long-term restoration community with on-site services for girls, minors through age 19, who have been exploited through sex trafficking.

The Refuge Circle of Care™ addresses the complex trauma that is unique to child survivors of sex trafficking by appropriately and sensitively surrounding each child with services needed for individualized healing. It is made up of seven components: Medical & Physical, Psychological, Spiritual, Educational, Social & Relational, Independent Living & Job Skills, and Community Connections.

After settling into a new and safe life at The Refuge Ranch, the child meets with The Refuge therapeutic team and her advocates to create an individualized Circle of Care treatment plan. Together, with buy-in from the child, her team maps out a plan that is reviewed and revised every 90 days by the child herself and all her team members.

Every program component of The Refuge Circle of Care occurs on-site at The Refuge Ranch, and is augmented by community partnerships, including education from our on-site UT Charter School and psychiatric care provided by Dell Medical School.

The Refuge for DMST™ operates The Refuge Ranch, a long-term, residential, therapeutic community for 48 girls, minors through age 19, who have been recovered from sex trafficking. The Refuge Ranch provides trauma-informed, holistic care for the girls on site, including: psychiatric services from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Psychiatry and the Institute for Early Life Adversity Research; education through the University of Texas-University Charter School (UT-UCS); medical services by community partners across multiple disciplines; and various therapeutic programs uniquely designed for the development of a child survivor.

During our first two years of operation, we have cared for 32 girls. The girls are learning to build trusting relationships with staff members, community partners, and each other. Now that they feel safe, they can work hard on rebuilding their lives. So far, seven girls have earned their high school diplomas through our on-site University of Texas Charter School, and the average grade-level improvement is 1.5 years in 9 months.

Our goals for the future include obtaining long-term sustainability, so that we may serve more survivors, and to continue refining a successful model of care for future organizations to adopt.

Financials

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THE REFUGE FOR DMST

Board of directors
as of 9/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alex Shootman

Workfront

Term: 2020 -

Jeri Brock

Kelly Terry

Sentier Strategic Resources, LLC

Ben Cannatti

Caleb Consulting

John Clark

Stupp Corporation

Kristine Schmidt

Keller Williams Realty

Alex Shootman

Workfront

Brooke Crowder

The Refuge for DMST

Maya McReynolds

Dell Technologies

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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