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Healing Spaces for Human Trafficking Survivors

Tens of thousands of people are trafficked annually in Uganda with little pastoral or residential support for survivors. Any options that do exist are largely rooted in national healthcare frameworks where adequate environments for psychological issues is often absent or poor. The project will draw on the memory and direct testimony of survivors in Uganda, and of those currently resident in a recovery facility, through creative workshops and the use of observational, participatory and digital media methods, key architectural and landscaping design of facilities to positively impact psychological health will be determined.


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 findings of this research will be disseminated as a design framework setting out evidence-based approaches for purpose-built, human-centred facilities – including shelters and care centres – aimed at supporting survivors.

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Client: Antislavery Knowledge Network

Collaborator: Dream Revival Centre

Year: 2019-2020

Project Cost: N/A

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