The Brave House supports immigrant girls and young women,* ages 16-24, in New York, with a focus on those who are survivors of gender-based violence. We provide free legal support, community space, and holistic services, including English lessons, art therapy, self-defense classes, meditation, yoga and dancing, career advising, college visits, a mentorship program and much more. The Brave House is currently a part of the Urban Justice Center through their Social Justice Accelerator program.
* We welcome youth who identify as female as well as those who are gender-non-conforming.
To create a world where all girls can thrive, lead, and belong, regardless of their nationality or past trauma. By empowering and investing in immigrant girls, we can help disrupt cycles of inter-generational poverty and violence against women.
A space where girls are free from violence and fear.
Free legal support & career advising so that our members can live and work in this country, become independent, and contribute to their communities.
In-house counseling, tutoring, English lessons, and a full schedule of workshops and classes to promote healing and self-confidence.
A beautiful, comfortable space, where each girl is treated with respect and inclusivity.
A focus on building community and fostering a sense of belonging.
We are all sisters on this earth, and it is our duty to help each other. Girls across the world continue to face abuse and discrimination due to their gender. Incidents of abuse such as 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 a complex legal system in which they do not have the right to a free attorney.
Over 50% of children in immigration court are being deported without an attorney by their side. We want to change that & bridge the gap in access to crucial social services & community. We want to create a space where these girls can heal from their past trauma, connect with other youth, and develop skills for long-term happiness and success.