It is with deep sadness that due to circumstances beyond our control, Hidden Treasures Foundation announces the closing of our short-term residential therapeutic program, Tiffany’s Place. Tiffany’s Place was one of the only programs in the state of California specialized in serving child survivors of sex trafficking. It has been our honor to serve these young ladies over the last 2.5 years and be a part of their healing journey.Lynn Burgard
We have transitioned out our youth but if you choose to continue your support, we do need funds to continue closing down the facility and operations.
Hidden Treasures Foundation (HTF) is operating a distinct and unique residential treatment facility for adolescent victims of commercial sexual exploitation via human trafficking. Tiffany’s Place, our sanctuary for restoration and healing, is a family style home where sex trafficked girls will learn to thrive.
Hidden Treasures Foundation is a California registered nonprofit corporation and an IRS recognized 501 (c) (3), tax-exempt agency. The agency is governed by a board of directors and headquartered in San Diego. The purpose of the organization is to provide residential therapeutic services to teenage girls who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
We believe that every girl exploited by modern day slavery is a hidden treasure. She is hidden from the world, living in the shadows of human sex trafficking: our society’s underbelly referred to as “The Life.” It is a life of forced prostitution, pornography, and abnormal sexual experience. It is a life of intimidation, fear, and abuse. Her traumas have destroyed her self-worth which is now hidden from herself. To stay alive, she must conform to demands of her owners, she must dissociate with the evil, heinous events happening to her, and dissociate with any hope for rescue. Our agency is about the Rescue, the Restoration, the Renewal, and the Release of these girls back into a “Life” where they are in control – empowered and valuable persons.
Statement of Mission
Hidden Treasures Foundation is dedicated to the healing of teenage girls victimized by sex slavery in the human trafficking industry. Healing is facilitated by the sanctuary provided, the trauma-informed therapeutic services, personal empowerment classes, and a professional staff that delivers inspiration and loving guidance. We intend to have our clients advance through the steps of healed trauma and broken psyche, advance through the levels of development and maturation, attain grade-level academically, find comfort in healthy relationships, discover the joy and satisfaction of workability, and restore their self-worth leading to an empowered life.
With stiff shoulders and a stinging neck, Tiffany lifted her head from the hotel bed and tried to make out the faces of the men were who were sitting near.
“Where am I?” she said, her voice barely above a whisper. The two men laughed at her. She looked down. She had no clothes on. She pulled herself out of the bed and stumbled to the bathroom…”
Click here for more of Tiffany’s testimony.
Use your unique skills and life experiences to help us provide a sanctuary, a family-style home for the healing and maturation of these amazing girls.
There are four avenues that you can become involved in helping Hidden Treasures Foundation (HTF):
- Host a Fundraiser
- Spread the Word
Lynn Burgard – Executive Director
Ms. Burgard is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a retired Airline Mechanic. She has a heart for human trafficked victims due to her own childhood sexual abuse and eventual healing. Lynn is grateful that God, in His infinite mercy and grace, has taken her own painful trauma and is now using it to enable her to reach out to other wounded women and girls. Lynn founded Hidden Treasures Foundation in 2009.
Tiffany Mester – Media Relations
Ms. Mester was trafficked herself for two years as a teenager, thus bringing the great assets of personal knowledge and experience to Hidden Treasures Foundation. She has an intimate understanding of the victimization these girls experience and uses her own life story to educate and build public awareness. Contact Tiffany to schedule a speaking engagement.
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