Camille Place announces completion of Phase I

Ministry to open group home in Alabama to care for female minors who have been exploited by human trafficking. Human Trafficking is defined as a crime where individuals profit from the control and exploitation of others. It is a form of modern-day slavery. According to the Human Trafficking Task Force, half of trafficked victims are under the age of 18, and it is the fastest growing criminal industry in the United States. Recent studies show that 79% of trafficking victims are women and children.

Victims are tortured, drugged, raped, prostituted, sold, coerced, defrauded and disposed of when no longer useful to their perpetrators. Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry. Interstate 65 and 20 are the busiest interstates for trafficking, which means Alabama is at the center of its crosshairs. An estimated 5,000 victims of human trafficking are being moved through Alabama each month alone. Camille Place is a much-needed safe haven for young survivors.

“Human trafficking is a deliberate and blatant violation of human rights. We are excited about joining others in this fight to see lives transformed. We want to empower innocent victims to become victors by having the opportunity to receive specialized care and treatment.” – Chris Ziebach, Founder of Camille Place. Camille Place will be a home for up to 16 female minors rescued from human trafficking. The nonprofit organization is constructing an 8,600 square-foot facility to bring exploited girls to lasting freedom-where refuge and restoration is found.

Camille Place is located in an undisclosed location in South Alabama. At the Human Trafficking Summit in January, Camille Place revealed that groundbreaking had begun. They are pleased to announce Phase 1 is complete! This phase consisted of the acquisition of 18-acres, land surveying, architectural renderings, engineered drawings, permitting processing and site development for the group home.

The design includes nine bedrooms, group and staff meeting rooms, a full-service kitchen and dining area and a greenspace courtyard.
Subsequent phases of the campaign will include construction of a recreational building known as The Barn. The Barn will feature separate entities to include leisure areas, a movie room, fitness center and stables for equine therapy and was designed by David Blackmon of Blackmon Rogers Architects in Birmingham. Lastly, Camille Place plans to build a sanctuary on the property to serve as a place of worship, prayer and group meetings.
The home was designed by Lauren Hood of Hood Architects in Montgomery, and Bethel Engineering in Mobile provided the civil and structural engineered plans. The site work was completed by Wilco Contracting. Camille Place has also enlisted the help of Third Lens Ministries, an Atlanta-based nonprofit, located in Auburn to assist with the design and construction process.

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About Camille Place:
Camille Place is an Alabama-based, 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to providing care and rehabilitation to young girls, ages 6 to 18 years old, who are the victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Camille Place is named in honor of the late Camille Coats, who by the age of 24 had dedicated her life to ministry and had a passion for helping exploited women and children. Camille was originally from Monroeville. Before passing away, she was serving in a church staff position in Opelika. Her legacy will continue through Camille Place as one of the only group homes of its kind for trafficked and exploited children serving girls in the country.

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