The Reclamation Project


Meet Yevette

As a survivor who navigated a way forward after 28 years of battling childhood drug addiction, and 18 years as a victim of commercial sexual exploitation who eventually gave birth to the son of her trafficker, United Methodist Elder, Rev. Yevette "Vette" Christy, founded The Reclamation Project. 

Vette uses her experiences to remind advocates that they are not beyond the work the survivor is engaging in. Advocates and direct care service providers must see themselves as a part of the transformative work of recovery, not just service providers. 

"My journey from a lifetime of trauma into the various processes of reclaiming my life was negatively impacted by people who claimed to be advocates but were just people poised to re-exploit. In every place of rehabilitation I entered, there were unethical, exploitative ideologies, theologies, behaviors, program rules, and practices. For years I tolerated, even accepted, what was happening because I didn't know any better. I believed I was getting what I deserved as an unholy woman, a dirty girl, but then I began to understand that what I was enduring was violent and not life-giving; it was just a different form of exploitation."

What is The Reclamation Project?

The Reclamation Project, or TRP, is about women being free to reclaim their lives their identities after the experience of sexual exploitation, prostitution, addiction, or religious violence. TRP aims to create awareness by exposing harmful policies and practices while developing meaningful ways to offer financial support to women as they figure out their post-trauma identity.

TRP is a non-profit agency working hard to provide survivors of addiction and commercial sexual exploitation with practical resources, long-term housing options, vocational/educational guidance, and a supportive community. In addition to our services, TRP works to ensure that women have safe spaces to reclaim their lives. At TRP, safe spaces aren't just the safety and security of a home with four walls but a healthy, trauma-informed culture intentionally cultivated by those who posture themselves as advocates and direct care service providers.

Here at The Reclamation Project, our posture is one of love.


TRP is about women being free to reclaim their lives and their identities after the experience of sexual exploitation, addiction, and or religious violence.  We believe every survivor has envisioned the life she wants, and we are here to watch her reclaim it.


TRP was founded by a survivor who understands that the process of recovery and restoration goes beyond returning and reclaiming; restoration is the gradual infilling of hope, dignity, joy, and purpose that happens in beloved community.


TRP is working hard to provide survivors with some support beyond systems. We offer survivor-informed guidance, practical tools, and financial resources:

- Housing/Rental Assistance -
- Vocational/Educational Assistance -
- Transportation/Auto Repair Assistance -
- Medical/Dental Assistance -

Learning Ethical Advocacy

The Reclamation Project is a non-profit organization that promotes a mindfulness approach to ethical advocacy that centers on the needs of survivors in practical ways. Our approach brings the advocate and direct care service provider into the personal work of wellness and recovery by acknowledging that social justice is not just about what they do but who they are. TRP addresses systemic issues, and cultural biases that often put psychological or religious limitations on women, and these limitations make the work of reclamation even more complex. These issues, albeit systemic, find their fullest expression in the human heart. After spending 4.5 years in two long-term residential homes and countless stays in rehabilitation facilities, Vette has experienced unethical, exploitative practices within the direct care service industry. While fighting for her life, Vette was touched by a drug counselor, solicited for sex by a facility cook, and called a "dirty girl" by a Christian residential care provider. These experiences and so many others have led Vette to the work of challenging advocates and direct care service providers to employ wellness practices that will help ensure that survivors of commercial sexual exploitation are safe and treated with dignity.

Teaching Ethical Advocacy

This support begins with service providers exercising mindfulness, practicing self-care, and learning what ethical advocacy looks like from the survivor's perspective, and implementing both survivor-led accountability groups as well as advocate/direct care service provider accountability groups.

These practices can open areas of thought limited by systems and social conditioning and lead advocates and direct care service providers to change current practices and policies that may not best serve the survivor. Therefore, every advocate and direct care service provider must consider an ethical approach to service that begins outside their ethnic/cultural lenses, their religion, politics, socio-economic status, and lived experience.

The Survivor's Way

Exhausted, addicted, injured, and ashamed, Vette left the streets in 2006 and entered long-term residential care for the last time. And After 2.5 years, she walked out the front door with nothing: no money, no job, no home, no vocational training, no support, and no direction.  

"During my time in residential care, I was taught to pray, worship, serve, cook, fundraise, and clean. I was being groomed to be a wife and to serve the Christian church. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with either of those ambitions, I'm a United Methodist Elder, but rehabilitation should not be about religious indoctrination. And as a woman who had just left the streets, the last thing I needed was to be groomed as a wife or to see men as my head before I saw myself as whole. All I needed was a safe space to rest, heal, reclaim, restore and rebuild. I did not need to filter my life, trauma, or purpose through the construct of marriage or the concept of submission. As an ex-prostitute, I know a world in which submission and exploitation are two sides of the same coin. One makes room for the other in the world of power, violence, and vice."

Survivor-Centric Care

TRP is not anti-religion, but we understand and value that every survivor must find their own unique path to self-actualization. When an advocate or direct care service provider forces a specific agenda beyond the general concepts of wellness and perhaps spirituality, the therapeutic space is no longer about the survivor. Recovery must include practical resources such as safe housing, healthy food options, medical/mental health assessments and treatment, as well as rest, play, and exercise. Still, it must also acknowledge the need for somatic healing services, trauma-informed therapy, parenting classes, vocational training, access to worship, and so much more.

TRP encourages advocates and direct care service providers to trust the survivor. She is the one who has emerged from a life of exploitation, violence, and vice. She knows herself, her journey, and whatever has been obscured by trauma will soon be revealed to her as soft parameters of therapeutic care are offered. When Vette speaks to survivors, she tells them to trust themselves as they reclaim, restore and rebuild their lives because that trust is the beginning of undoing what exploitation does, disempower.

Building Homes. Disrupting the Model.

TRP is working hard to open its first home for survivors. Our doors will be open to women who have completed a year or more of residential care and are ready for the next steps of reclaiming their lives. Based on lived experience, Vette offers a unique perspective on how communities can provide lasting support on the back end of the recovery model that usually folds once a survivor graduates from a program. This model gives the survivor additional time to establish a solid foundation for lasting recovery habits while changing the socio-economic trajectory of their life. Unfortunately, there is an economy of poverty for many women who enter the sex industry, and we want to be a part of offering a new way forward.

Our long-term residential housing options will not be programmed; residents will continue their therapeutic care with the agency that refers them. If a survivor has not received therapeutic care, we will make community connections to secure those services. TRP will walk with survivors as they work, dream, and achieve the goals they set for themselves. We will assist our residents by providing educational/vocational assessments and opportunities. Financial support will be available to help cover their educational/vocational expenses.

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