TRU Harbor is a private secure residential treatment program devoted to providing comprehensive treatment and services to commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) and sex trafficking survivors. Commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) is defined as the exchange of sex or sexually explicit acts for anything of value (i.e. food, shelter, clothes, etc.). Youth who have experienced CSE may have been exploited by pimps, gangs, family members, or older peers. These youth have specific and unique treatment and safety needs due to the complexity of their trauma.
TRU Harbor offers a safe environment with individualized treatment planning services (including individual, family, and group therapy) that are evidenced-based and culturally appropriate. In general, staff are trained in trauma-informed practices to help manage mental health symptoms, establish healthy relationships and boundaries, improve self-esteem, create goals for the future, and prevent further exploitation. Additional services include survivor mentoring, wellness activities, independent living services, ongoing medical and psychiatric care, and vocational skills training. Educational services are provided onsite by the New Castle Community School Corporation.