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Virginia Sheriffs’ Association
The Voice of Virginia’s Sheriffs & Deputies

On March 15, 2022, The Lampstand Safehome opened its doors and is already providing care to girls who have experienced sex trafficking. This 90-day residential program will provide a safe space and comprehensive trauma-informed care for girls ages 12 to 17 years old who have experienced sexual exploitation. Currently, The Lampstand is the only shelter in Virginia specifically trained to address the needs of children who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking.


Due to a lack of resources in Virginia, children who were previously recovered from sex trafficking were placed inside detention centers, behavioral facilities, foster homes, etc. Now, child survivors have a safe home to go to where staff are specifically trained to address their vulnerabilities and prevent re-exploitation. 


The Lampstand program provides safety, therapy, case management, life skills, education, and a highly structured program. The safehome is located in the Greater Roanoke Valley area, however the specific location is undisclosed to the public for safety reasons. The safehome welcomes participants from the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.


If interested in an interview, you will find B-roll and pictures attached to this email. Director Kathleen Arnold and Intake & Enrichment Coordinator Carolyn Minix are both available in-person or virtually to discuss the issue of trafficking in Virginia, The Lampstand program specifics, and how to make a referral or take part in the services offered. Our certified staff is also available to facilitate human trafficking training to Virginia businesses and organizations.