The Refuge Ranch
Alan Knox, AIA; Alberto Zamora; Bo Crockett; Cara Warrenl; Jesefa Deodores; Thomas Roncco
The Refuge Ranch is a place of rest and restoration for child survivors of sex trafficking in community with other survivors.
The Refuge Ranch will provide long-term, holistic care in a pastoral and peaceful setting for girls ages 11-17, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking. Each girl will have her own plan of restoration, which will be called her Circle of Care. It will be unique to her age, situation and needs. The comprehensive approach to long-term residential care includes on-site education services, medical care, therapeutic programs such as gardening, equine, art, music and pet therapy, along with one-on-one counseling and group therapy with licensed professional therapists. The girls are housed in distinctively designed cottages that not only provide safety and security, but also a sense of family and community. The Refuge Ranch will be located on 50 acres of pristine land situated in a beautiful and restorative setting just outside the city of Austin.
Unfortunately, many times the victims of sex trafficking have been stripped of their identity and any sense of community. In order to respond to those difficult conditions, The Refuge Ranch was designed to allow each girl to heal at her own pace, starting from a place of isolation to feeling like a part of a group. Throughout the community there are intentional spaces designed to allow for a range between privacy and interaction with others at different scales, allowing each girl to take the time she needs to go through the process of reintegrating into community.