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Address: PO Box 90804, Austin, Texas, United States
Countries served: United States
Geographic scope: Local
Geographic scope (detail):
Adult focused (NSFW): No
Sex work positive: No
Female led: Yes
Sex worker led: No
About The Refuge for DMST (The Refuge Ranch, Austin)
The Refuge Ranch provides long-term, holistic care in a pastoral and peaceful setting to girls 11-17 who have been rescued out of sex trafficking. Each girl in our care will have her own plan of restoration, which we call her Circle of Care, unique to her age, situation, and needs. On site schooling, a medical clinic, therapeutic programs that include equine, art, music and pet therapy, along with one on one counseling and group therapy with licensed professional therapists are all part of our long-term, residential care. The girls are housed in specially designed cottages providing safety and security, but a sense of family and community as well. The Refuge Ranch is located on 50 acres, in a pastoral and peaceful setting just outside the city of Austin.
Public facts about The Refuge for DMST (The Refuge Ranch, Austin)
An anti-sex trafficking advocate who worked for an Austin, Texas, organization aimed at helping victims of human trafficking was arrested in Austin, Texas, during a week-long prostitution sting. Austin cops arrested him during an operation that landed 41 people in the Travis County jail.
Nathaniel Schlueter served on the board of directors of The Refuge Ranch. The ranch is a Christian-based organization dedicated to helping teenage victims of human trafficking, according to the Houston Chronicle. The Refuge Ranch’s founder and director, Brooke Crowder, told reporters with KXAN that they removed Schlueter from the board and he is “no longer involved in any aspect of the organization.”
Schleuter allegedly approached an undercover officer posing as a prostitute and negotiated a deal for $30 for sexual favors, according to the arrest warrant obtained by KXAN.
“Even though one has been arrested in this way there are still many, many many who are doing great work and I hope folks continue to support them,” said Restore a Voice founder Larry Megason in a KXAN interview. He stressed he believes most people involved in helping the victims of human trafficking have their hearts in the right place.
The Refuge Ranch is a Christian-based center designed to help women who are victims of human trafficking. It is located on a 50-acre compound near Austin, according to its website.
People involved with The Refuge for DMST (The Refuge Ranch, Austin)
Brooke serves as the Founder and Executive Director for The Refuge for DMST. Her career in nonprofit leadership and management has spanned over 20 years with various large churches and organizations, including: Communications Director at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA; Area Director of Young Life in Kerrville, TX; Director at the H.E. Butt Foundation, and Director of Women’s Ministries at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Brooke lived and worked in Costa Rica for four years working with girls who were trafficked and exploited through sex tourism. During her time in Latin America, Brooke served on the U.S. Board of Directors for Oasis International. Because of her work with trafficked children, Brooke often speaks to community groups, churches, universities, and seminaries on the topic of child sex trafficking.
Brooke received a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Studies and World Mission from Asbury Theological Seminary and holds a B.A. in Communications from Baylor University. She has a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Austin Community College.
Brooke and her husband, Calvin, have 4 children, and are actively involved in the Austin community with several charitable organizations.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeanne Marie Ellis
Nate Schlueter – removed after being arrested for solicitation of prostitution
Sex work focus for The Refuge for DMST (The Refuge Ranch, Austin)
Sex worker demographics focus for The Refuge for DMST (The Refuge Ranch, Austin)
Girls age 11-17
Services offered by The Refuge for DMST (The Refuge Ranch, Austin)
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