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Why We Exist

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST; also called “Child Sex Trafficking”) is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where the person is a US citizen or lawful permanent resident under the age of 18 years.


Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is defined as sexual activity involving a child for something of value or promise thereof, to the child or another person where the child is being treated as a commercial sex object.


"CSEC is the commodification of children for the purpose of sex.” -Susan Norris, Founder and Executive Director of Rescuing Hope

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Our History

A Message from Our Founder

Several years ago, I began to sense a calling to become a part of the solution to this ongoing and overwhelming issue facing us in our generation. It is with both a broken heart and great joy that I present to you the House of Hope – a residential program with curriculum designed to integrate mind, body and spirit that will renew, restore, and then release (into true freedom) the lives of these precious girls, offering them a future filled with hope.


House of Hope is a dream and a calling that is now a reality thanks to the generosity of family, friends, and this amazing community in the Golden Isles of Coastal Georgia and our friends and partners throughout the US and beyond!

Darcelle Burandt, MA, LPC

Founder of House of Hope

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