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On July 17, 2018, victims of human trafficking gained access to new hope and a safe haven for recovery with the opening of our anti-human trafficking program at Harbor Light.
Our program is designed to provide a safe and secure environment for up to 12 recovered adult survivors of human sexual trafficking. Survivors receive access to physical, emotional and spiritual healing programs, including an intensive detoxification program and life skills. Additionally, shared office space is provided for law enforcement, healthcare, and social services providers, to help assist survivors to recovery.
Our 2019 Impact: 50 human-trafficking survivors received 2,071 nights of shelter, respite and direct support.
The Salvation Army is a founding member of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking. Founded in 2007, the Collaborative was ahead of the curve in realizing that Northeast Ohio as a region needed to address this inhumane transgression. The Collaborative’s three primary goals are: to educate, advocate and connect services on behalf of those who are trafficked.
We provide sustainable care to those fleeing the life of human trafficking.
Along with immediate needs including shelter, transportation,
clothing and food, we answer victims’ physical and psychological
trauma with a portfolio of services including:
The Salvation Army partners with local coalitions and task forces to raise public awareness and provide cross disciplinary expert training on key topics of human trafficking such as: understanding human trafficking in the United States, understanding trauma, creating trauma informed aftercare services and investigative task forces, recognizing red flags and increasing prevention. We seek to improve identification of both sex or labor trafficking in the United States and collaborate to put and end to the ongoing exploitation of children and adults across our County.
The Salvation Army has been advocacy for the rights of women, men, girls and boys, subjected to organized commercial sexual exploitation. In the 1800s, we pioneered an undercover investigation of sex trafficking, which helped shape the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885. By 1900, we had established over 100 "aftercare restoration homes" throughout London to abet safe escape from prostitution. More than a century later, we continue to fight for the abolition of sex trafficking worldwide.
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