• SAGE at Marin Human Race 2013
  • Good photo of Norma
  • NH and GN photo
  • Norma photo
  • Paniz with Moldova
  • SAGE graduation photo
  • SAGE group photo

A New Look

Transitions are challenging but full of opportunities….SAGE has changed its look and its website to better promote the needs of the people we serve and the mission that reflects our roots and our future.

We are a part of a movement that values the lives of all people and believes that no one deserves to be violated, abused or treated as a commodity. We are a people of strength, resilience and worth.

Our new look embodies this belief.

How it came to be:  In the fall of 2012, we held a contest for SAGE program participants and asked for artwork that described the SAGE Project. We had four fantastic pieces of art emerge that everyone loved! (See under Survivor Resources.) From those pieces of art, we asked for feedback from all involved with SAGE about what they believed were common threads and themes that were present in all of the artwork.  Two of the most common themes were strong people and the world.

Next we sent the artwork to a graphic designer and she took the common themes and put them in a design that reflects those themes. We are grateful for the donated work of Carol Davis and the embodiment of a renewed vision.

Somebody stole the SAGE van and our youths need your help!

SAGE Van stolen and vandalized




Our Youths Need Your Help!

Yes, thieves came to the parking lot in the middle of the night and made off with the SAGE Van. The SAGE Van! Our youth rely on the van to get to SAGE and home again and keep medical and other appointments. Without the Van they won’t be getting services they need!

Now, here’s where you come in. Do you or someone you know have a recent model low mileage seven-passenger van they would like to donate to a VERY GOOD CAUSE? If so, please contact the SAGE Project, at 415-905-5050.

If not, then please send a donation to
the SAGE Van Fund
68 12th Street, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Thank you for your help.

Children Are Always Victims in Sex Trade, But They Won’t Always Agree

by Ellyn Bell

The words child and prostitute should never be used together in the same sentence, at least and certainly not in the context of the word “child” modifying the word “prostitute”.

But altogether too often, and of recent, we have seen these two words together. And although they have caused a reaction in many, that reaction has been difficult to fully comprehend. [Click here, here, and here for examples].

This is because the underlying assumptions are completely lacking clarity, and we have no common understanding of the root of the problem. On one hand, we know that by law, those who are under the age of 18 are in most states considered “children” and legally cannot consent to their own exploitation sexually.

On the other hand, it’s complicated. While some youth are being forced into the sex trade, many others believe that they are choosing their lifestyle—and for all practical purposes they may be. But our sympathy as a society wanes when we hear this type of thing and it doesn’t make for a good story.


Mission Statement
The SAGE Project’s mission is to improve the lives of persons who have experienced or are at risk of sexual exploitation, human trafficking, violence and other forms of trauma.

SAGE provides comprehensive trauma-informed and healing services which include:

  • Peer Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Mental Health Therapy
  • Psycho-Social, Life Skills and Process Groups
  • Harm-Reduction Focused Substance Use Counseling
  • Acupuncture and other Holistic Healing Services
  • First Offender Program/Restorative Justice for Buyers Program

The SAGE Project also seeks to affect larger societal change through advocacy and training, increasing public awareness and providing the tools needed to engage the local, national, and international communities around issues of sexual exploitation, human trafficking and trauma.

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