Human Trafficking

Sculpture in India honoring women and children who are abused.
Sculpture in India honoring women and children who are abused.

On the border between India and Nepal, one of the most widespread tragedies of the human condition is the business of human trafficking. Despite its proliferation in many parts of the world, this underground crime flourishes largely with impunity.

During her high school years, Tessa studied cultures and religions and found herself drawn toward Buddhism as a moral and spiritual discipline. She went to India, then trekked through the Tibetan Plateau and traveled into Nepal. She was shocked to find that Buddhism and Hinduism were not a protective shield against the widespread tragedy of crime.

For the past decade we have been furthering connections begun by Tessa in both Nepal and India to facilitate the rescue, safe travel, and homes for individuals sold into this harrowing enterprise. Since 2008, the foundation has been able to assist in rescuing 22 girls, ranging in age from 13 to 20, including the 17 girls the foundation helped free this past August. In each rescue, the girls are moved to a safe place where they can recover physically, emotionally, and spiritually. These girls and young women are given the opportunity to experience a life with compassion and set goals for their individual futures, while learning self-sustaining life skills.

Nepal Rescue Homes

Rescued lives redesigned
Rescued lives redesigned

The Nepal Rescue Homes Initiative partners with the Women’s Foundation of Nepal to engage in the ongoing fight against human trafficking and abuse towards women. The Tessa Horan Foundation helps those affected by providing sanctuary, access to education, skill training, creative trade employment opportunities, and essential therapeutic and emotional support. The resources that we help provide encourage victims to feel no longer victimized, but instead empowered and independent. The Tessa Horan Foundation organizes service journeys to the rescue homes to personally work with the women, children, and professionals. We utilize teams of compassionate people with medical, educational, and legal backgrounds to assist with rejuvenating healthy individuals.


Tessa Horan Foundation
P.O. Box 8751
Santa Fe, NM 87504
(970) 379-1508