For decades, its tiny one-story residences housed migrants who worked the nearby sugar fields. Today, they house migrants of a different sort. Most of its residents are convicted sex offenders. Sofia Valiente, a year-old photographer and a resident of Florida since she was 10, began visiting the community in January , spending a total of three months there and even living in the residential complex for several weeks. There are almost , federally registered sex offenders in the U. That registry originated in the s when Congress passed legislation that severely targeted those who commit violent crimes and crimes against children.
Sex Offender Notification
Community Management of Sex Offenders – National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Miracle Village is the nickname of a community on Muck City Road, about three miles east of Pahokee, Florida , that serves as a haven for registered sex offenders. In , the name was officially changed to City of Refuge, but it is still generally referred to as Miracle Village. The site was chosen because of its isolation; given that, the sex offender residence restrictions do not apply. The complex of 54 duplexes and six family homes  is operated by Matthew 25 Ministries, an organization with the stated goal of providing prison aftercare. The name is a reference is to the passage Matthew in the Bible which says: "I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me
Miracle Village (community)
Information in this document is designed for: State and local leaders, Citizens and Community Organizations. Knowledge that a convicted sex offender has moved into your neighborhood can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. It can also bring on an intense reaction from parents, neighbors, schools, and organizations in the community. This document will address many of these questions and concerns. It will also provide suggestions on enhancing the safety of the community as well as information on prevention of child sexual abuse.
Such policies must hold sex offenders accountable while providing support and safety for victims and their families. The National Alliance supports proposals which are grounded in research, include collaborative approaches which are multi disciplinary and multi agency based, and are assessed critically and routinely to ensure their effectiveness. The National Alliance strongly encourages and supports primary prevention policies and practices which we believe will ultimately reduce sexual victimization by perpetrators. States and communities across the nation are developing measures to manage adult sex offenders with the express purpose of increasing safety for victims and communities. Unfortunately, not all measures currently being enacted do, in fact, increase safety.