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Restoring relationships and community is

central to restoring well being.

Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.


Our mission at Red Oak Hope is to empower you to flourish in life. 

The purpose of the program is for each participant to build skills and insight through supportive relationships in a safe environment, leading towards self-sufficiency and decreasing re-exploitation or victimization.


The Transitional Housing Program is a 12- 18 month program that provides rent-free housing and care to survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.


The program is for adult women who have decided they would like to take the next steps in establishing and meeting their personal growth goals and healing from trauma.


We desire to help women to meet these goals by providing housing, case management, counseling, job training, education, transportation support, and community organizationally and through our partners in a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive setting.



We are always accepting new applicants for the transitional housing program, but we do often have a waitlist. Please note that we are not able to provide emergency shelter. When there is availability in our home, the application process can take 3-4 weeks. Please fill out the form linked below, and a staff member will contact you within 1-2 business days.

If this is an emergency or you need an immediate response, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888 or call 911. If you are in Austin you can also call the SAFE Line for support: 512-267-SAFE (7233) 

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  • Trauma-responsive environment

  • Access to behavioral and physical health care

  • Individualized plan

  • Weekly meetings to set goals and work towards them

  • Connection to community resources

  • Safe, rent free housing for 12-18 months in our transitional house

  • Supportive environment


  • Does Red Oak only serve sex trafficking victims?
    Red Oak serves those affected by sexual exploitation-- focusing primarily on women and children. This includes both trafficking victims and those who have been pushed/pulled into the sex industry by a variety of other factors. We want to help women and children find freedom, hope, and restoration from exploitation and abuse. Regardless of how they got in-- we want to help them get out if/when they’re ready. We also serve populations vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation in order to prevent abuse from happening in the first place.
  • What makes someone a victim of trafficking?
    To identify if someone is a victim of trafficking, Red Oak follows the UN definition in the Palermo Protocol which states that Human trafficking is “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation” This is a complicated definition, but essentially involves three aspects: the act, the means, and the purpose. The act includes “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbor, or receipt of persons”-- if any of these acts occurred, it is a potential trafficking case regardless of distance. The means includes threat, force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power, exploiting vulnerability, or the giving or receiving of payments. While many people assume physical violence as a requirement of trafficking, it’s important to note that physical violence is not necessary and that the use of fraud and coercion are equally valid means of trafficking The last element of trafficking is in the purpose of exploitation-- including prostitution, sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude, and organ removal.
  • Is every woman in the sex industry a victim of trafficking?
    The truth is that women enter the sex industry for a variety of reasons-- some are clear trafficking victims and some are not. According to several studies , the most common reasons women enter the sex industry voluntarily are not being able to find another job, supporting family financially, paying debts, buying drugs, financing a personal education, helping a partner, and liking the job.
  • Does Red Oak work with men?
    According to the United Nations, women and children make up 80% of trafficking victims worldwide. Because of this, Red Oak focuses on serving women and children and some of their programs (such as the transitional housing program in Austin) are exclusively designed for women and their children. However, Red Oak recognizes that men and boys can also be victims of sexual exploitation and we are open to helping these individuals regardless of gender. We also work to build up communities and families which often includes men (boyfriends, husbands, community leaders, etc). In addition, we have frequently built relationships with pimps and men who buy sex (“Johns”) in order to holistically address the issues of trafficking and exploitation from all sides.
  • Where does Red Oak work?
    Red Oak’s headquarters are in Austin, Texas. Due to the sensitivity of our work and the need for security, Red Oak cannot publish the exact location of all of their field offices. However, we have partnered with organizations and engaged with women from over 9 countries throughout North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
  • Why doesn’t Red Oak publish the identity of their beneficiaries?
    Red Oak firmly believes in protecting the confidentiality and security of every beneficiary. Because of this, we often do not publish real names or identifiable photos of those we serve. This is also why we sometimes use stock photos. For more information on our media ethics policy, click here.
  • Why doesn’t Red Oak reveal the name of every staff member?
    Some of Red Oak’s staff members work in very sensitive locations. In addition, due to the nature of human trafficking, some staff member’s require confidentiality in order to protect their and their family’s safety. Because of this, we can not publish the name of every staff member.
  • Does Red Oak participate in raids and direct rescue?
    There have been times when Red Oak has worked with government authorities to directly rescue victims of human trafficking in something similar to a raid. However, we never force women to leave the industry if they aren’t ready and we do not believe that raids are the most effective way to fight human trafficking and exploitation. Instead, we focus on building relationships and helping women make their own choices regarding their own futures and freedom.
  • Is Red Oak a faith-based organization?
    Red Oak Hope is a registered non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit organization. We are not registered as a religious organization but a humanitarian organization. Though our founders are motivated by Christian faith and belief in God’s heart for justice, we are inclusive and honoring of people of all faiths or no faiths in all aspects of our work-- including but not limited to staff, beneficiaries, donors, and volunteers.
  • What should I do if I suspect someone is a victim of trafficking? Can Red Oak help?
    Red Oak may be able to help if we have a field office or partners in the area, however we first recommend that you call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1 (888) 373-7888 and call 911 for any emergency assistance. If you believe Red Oak may be of specific assistance, feel free to contact us at
  • I am a survivor of trafficking or sexual exploitation, can Red Oak help me? "
    Red Oak may be able to help if we have a field office or partners in your area, however we first recommend that you call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1 (888) 373-7888 and call 911 for any emergency assistance. If you believe Red Oak may be of specific assistance, feel free to contact us at
  • Where does Red Oak's funding come from?
    Red Oak is funded entirely by donations. The vast majority of our donations come from individual monthly donors who commit to giving anywhere from $20 to $2000 per month. We also receive donations and grants from foundations, companies, and churches. We also have an annual gala in Austin, Texas.
  • How can I obtain a copy of Red Oak’s financial statements?
    Red Oak’s Annual 990 is available here. If you have more questions or would like more information, please email
  • How can my company become a corporate sponsor?
    For more information on our corporate sponsorship opportunities, please email
  • How can I cancel or change the amount of my monthly donation?
    Thank you so much for your support. To cancel or change the amount of your monthly donation, please email
  • How do I change the credit card or bank account for my monthly gift?
    To change the credit card information for your donation, please email Thank you so much for your ongoing support!
  • How can I help raise money for Red Oak?
    Red Oak loves when others help raise funds! In the past, we’ve had people use their birthdays, weddings, sales events and more to fundraise among their friends and families. Please email for more information or ideas.
  • Is my gift tax deductible?
    Red Oak Hope is a registered 501c3 charitable organization in Texas. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
  • How can I volunteer or intern?
    Check out our volunteer page and/or intern job description for more information on specific needs. You can also directly apply through those pages! If you still have questions, you can always email us at
  • How can I apply for a job?
    We are a small organization with a small staff. If we have any job openings, you can find them on our Careers page.
  • Who can I contact for further questions?
    Please fill out our contact form or email us at with any additional questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • My company or organization wants to partner with Red Oak more directly-- how can we do that?
    We believe partnership is the only way to effectively fight exploitation and trafficking, and we would LOVE to talk to you more. Please email us at to introduce your company or organization, and be sure to include any ideas you have for specific partnership, and we will follow up with you as soon as possible.


Still have questions?
Email us at or contact us here.

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