THE FOUNDER Our Founder and Director was inspired years ago by a controversial article published in the NY Times Magazine, “The Girls Next Door” by Peter Landesman, January 25, 2004. The article illustrated the painful and horrific experiences of young people here in the United States at the hands of adult predators. At the time, she was working with middle school students and could see her young self in many of them. Having grown up in a working class family, and as the first person in her family to be college educated, she felt humbled by her own story and moved to help others who might need support.
As she learned more about the sexual exploitation of young people in our country and around world, it led to her training with My Life My Choice, Matahari: Eye of the Day (then, Trafficking Victim Outreach Services Network), and Pathways for Change, where she worked as a sexual assault counselor. Through these experiences, she grew to recognize a huge gap in specialized services for adult women who either were experiencing or had experienced sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in Massachusetts. In 2012, she launched RIA House, her vision of a home community for adult women survivors.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF RIA House has a passionate Founding Advisory Team and Board of Directors as well as dedicated staff, interns and volunteers.
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