Our Programs

Karana Rising provides empowering programs that are developed with survivor leaders. Our programs focus on amplifying the power of young survivors of all forms of human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, and exploitation so that they may reach their fullest potential. Furthermore, Karana Rising supports youth whose lived experiences inside foster care, the juvenile justice system, the street economy, and homelessness place them at risk toward future exploitation and trafficking. Our model is survivor-led and designed to celebrate the real power of young survivors living among us.

Karana Rising’s theory of change is rooted in the “Trans-theoretical model of stages of change"(Prochaska& DiClemente, 1983), which posits an individual’s behavior change is a series of six non-linear stages that include pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, maintenance, termination and recycling. Survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation are more likely to maintain freedom from future exploitation and abuse with the support of non-judgmental and highly trained case managers and mentors, who themselves have lived-experiences, that will support their positive development and future contributions to their lives, their families, and their community. Building upon the concept of positive youth development (Lerner et al., 2005; Lomsen, 2004; Za et al., 2016), Karana Rising believes emerging youth survivor leaders have greater chances to avoid relapse and succeed in life given the opportunity to take part in these positive relationships with case managers and adults who can support them with healthy life skills development, supportive counseling, socialization, and community connection. 


TraIning FrontLine Responders

We provide frontline responder trainings on how to work with and empower survivors of human trafficking as well as how to identify trafficking in their client population or community.


We lead life-skills workshops and survivor-led emotional healing sessions for teen survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking through our workshop series, Braverly, done in partnership with Just Ask Prevention.  Our goal is to support teens in their journey in awakening their inner power and self-love.

Prevention Education

We provide prevention education workshops for teens to learn the ways in which human trafficking could impact their lives and their community. We especially focus our outreach to teens who have lived experiences inside foster care, the juvenile justice system, child welfare, and homelessness.  Our prevention education materials are done in partnership with Freedom Fwd and Unitas.


We offer job training in the wellness and artisan spaces for survivors of human trafficking aged 18 to 24 who have been referred to our management trainee and job placement program at our sister benefit corporation, Soluna.