Healing Spaces for Human Trafficking Survivors
The primary goal of this project is to establish a framework for a new human-centred, evidence-based and user-led approach to the design of facilities – including shelters and care centres – aimed at specifically supporting survivors of human trafficking as part of their psychological rehabilitation.

The project will draw on the memory and direct testimony of survivors in Uganda, and of those currently resident in a recovery facility, to investigate and establish how the physical environment can promote their healing. Data collected through creative workshops and the use of observational, participatory and digital media methods will outline key architectural and landscaping design aspects of facilities that positively impact the survivors’ psychological health.

The findings of this research will be disseminated as a design framework setting out evidence-based approaches for purpose-built, human-centred facilities aimed at supporting survivors.
The design framework established by this project will serve as a guide for the delivery of new built facilities in Uganda and potentially East Africa offering pastoral support and residential care to survivors of human trafficking. The project will inform the design of new planned facilities in Uganda which will provide shelter and care for survivors and will create a resource to guide the design of other facilities in other countries. The framework will identify many design characteristics where positive impact on healthcare outcomes already has supporting evidence and will seek to further confirm these as key factors in design for facilities treating trafficking survivors.

It is also hoped that this design framework will provide valuable insight into wider social, psychological and health issues experienced by trafficking survivors and in doing so may influence the understanding and ability of policy makers, antitrafficking enforcers and care givers to better meet the challenges of human trafficking and modern slavery.
Location: Uganda
Year: 2019 – Present
Funder: The Antislavery Knowledge Network
Partners: Dream Revival Centre