Frustrated by the scarcity of specialized resources and lack of attention to the growing numbers of young women impacted by sexual exploitation- a small group of local service providers and advocates (case managers, health educators, and social workers) responded and began critical dialogue which led to the establishment of a pilot program in 2004, called Banteay Srei (Bahn-tea-ay Suh-ray).
Banteay Srei is a temple in Cambodia built in honor of female deities, representing strength, unity, and safety. This pilot is now sustained as an organization that provides social support, healing arts, reproductive health education, life skills-building, leadership development to young Southeast Asian women impacted by sexual exploitation in their communities.
Banteay Srei is dedicated to providing the tools and support necessary for young Southeast Asian women and girls to empower themselves. Based in Oakland, we are an organization that works with young women and girls ages 14-19, that are at-risk or are being sexually exploited. Banteay Srei believes that every person is entitled to living a free, happy and healthy life that is full of options. Through our programs and events that promote leadership development, cultural awareness and self-empowerment, we are working towards creating a generation of fierce, independent and self-empowered young Southeast Asian women.
In the news, take a closer look at Banteay Srei with this SF Gate article published on October 25th, 2008.
Donate to Banteay Srei today! Banteay Srei is fiscally sponsored by Asian Health Services. To donate to Banteay Srei, specify "Banteay Srei" as the designated program for your donation. Thank you for your support.