The June 2019 arrest of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein has brought the issue of human trafficking into the news again. It is a good time to talk about how to refer to the victims and survivors of this evil.
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Alexandra House was established in 1977, when a group of concerned citizens formed the Anoka County Task Force for Battered Women. Within a year the Task Force established a 24-hour crisis line, with the first emergency shelter opening in 1980. First located in Fridley, the original shelter housed 12 women and children. In 1983 the shelter moved to a new site in Blaine that provided space for 17 residents.
In 1994, having outgrown the second shelter, the organization built its current facility in Blaine, and can house up to 35 women and children at a time.
Alexandra House has expanded on its services over the years – adding legal advocacy, violence prevention programs, community education presentations and more. In October 2009, we added advocacy services for victims and survivors of sexual violence.
The mission of Alexandra House is to empower victims of domestic and sexual violence, and inspire social change, through education, support and advocacy.