What are we?
The Brave House is a community space for immigrant girls, ages 16-21, in Brooklyn, New York. With a focus on survivors of gender-based violence, the Brave House seeks to provide (1) a safe space, (2) free legal representation, and (3) holistic services – including therapy, career advising, English lessons, and a calendar of wellness events such as art, meditation, dancing, and self-defense. The Brave House will also include a computer lab, library, donation closet, and food pantry.
To create a world where girls can thrive, lead, learn, and belong, regardless of their nationality or past trauma.
A space where girls are free from violence and fear.
Free legal representation so the girls can live and work in this country, gain independence, and contribute to their communities.
In-house mental health counseling, career advising, English lessons, and a full schedule of workshops and classes to promote healing, happiness, and self-confidence.
A beautiful, warm, comfortable space, that each girl can be proud to call home.
A focus on building community and fostering a sense of belonging.
Girls across the world continue to face abuse and discrimination due to their gender. Repeated incidents of abuse such as intra-familial sexual assault, rape by gang members, and forced child labor, cause girls to flee their country out of fear for their lives. They embark on the treacherous journey to the United States, often alone, seeking safety. Instead, they are met with racism, an anti-immigrant administration, and a complex legal system in which they do not have the right to a free attorney.
The Brave House seeks to bridge the gap in access to crucial services and create a space where these girls can heal from their past trauma, connect with other youth with similar experiences, and develop skills for long-term happiness and success.