O.L.I.V.E. Charitable Organization was founded by law enforcement to fill a gap in resources for victims of human sex trafficking in Madera. Our founder, Lt. Daniel Foss of Madera Police Department, saw this gap early in his career as a patrol officer. Through the combined efforts of law enforcement and students from Fresno State University, OLIVE was born.
Our organization is unique in two ways. The first is we are the only sex trafficking non-profit organization that we know of that was founded and has direct ties to law enforcement. The second is we have a unique approach as we attempt to empower those whose lives have been stunted in a devastating way.
All our current clients suffer from trauma induced PTSD. Studies have been done and have compared the PTSD suffered by victims of sex trafficking with that of combat soldiers coming home from war. This brings different challenges that occur in different areas. Olive brings a new approach of empowerment in that we offer more of a “supportive service” and allow the victims/survivors to succeed in their own decision making. It has been our experience that when someone who has been oppressed is given the opportunity to make wise choices for themselves, they will not always choose a path that leads to victory. Our role is to assist in setting goals and prioritizing those goals. Once a pathway is chosen, it is our job to assist in any way that is needed. This can include, but is not limited to, offering our safe house, paying rent/bills, offering contract counseling services, transportation, assistance with probation/parole, applications for school, writing resumes, tutoring, assistance with state/county resources, basic needs like food and clothing, assistance through the CPS system, navigation in healthcare system, advocacy in courtrooms, filing police reports, applying for drug/alcohol rehabilitation and so much more. When that path is strayed from, we guide them back to the path they have chosen.
As you can imagine, this can be a lengthy and expensive process. This is where YOU come in. Please take a moment and purchase a ticket for our fundraiser.
YOU CAN BE A PART OF CHANGING LIVES!!