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The Salvation Army Fight the Horrors of human Trafficking in a variety of ways to take a closer look at what we do click below:

Comprehensive Case Management

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:

  • Medical and dental
  • Victim advocacy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Safety planning
  • Employment assistance
  • Legal aid
  • Translation
  • Job development
  • Repatriation
  • Social service benefits
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Childcare
Awareness Initiatives

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.

A legacy of justice

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.

RISE

RISE improves the physical, emotional, and spiritual life of those who have experienced prostitution and/or human trafficking. RISE is centered around the extensive research of Dr. Celia Williamson. Over 500 hours of interviews and research of sex trafficking victims have been conducted by Dr. Williamson and her team to establish a core foundation to effectively work with victims. The interviews gave a genuine perspective of the victims and survivors in Toledo, and provided first-hand information on how to serve this vulnerable population. RISE utilizes that core foundation to develop programming. Programming is based on this available research and incorporates new ideas and findings that enable the staff to meet the clients where they are.

RISE offers comprehensive case management and survivor led support to those who have been or are victimized by the sex trade. Individualized service plans that assess the problems, needs, and identify the individualized goals for each survivor are developed. Healing from trauma, building a positive self-concept and self-esteem, living clean and sober, and helping individuals learn and have healthy relationships will be the hallmarks of RISE.

RISE Services offered

In understanding the needs of this population, RISE improves the physical, emotional, and spiritual life of those who have experienced prostitution and/or human trafficking. Programming is based on the latest available research and incorporates new ideas and findings that enable the staff to meet the clients where they are.

RISE offers comprehensive case management and survivor led support to those who have been or are victimized by the sex trade. Individualized service plans that assess the problems, needs, and identify the individualized goals for each survivor are developed. Healing from trauma, building a positive self-concept and self-esteem, living clean and sober, and helping individuals learn and have healthy relationships will be the hallmarks of RISE.

Services Offered

  • Intensive Case Management
  • Advocacy and Support
  • Information and Referral Services
  • Harm-Reduction, Education, and Prevention
  • Trauma Treatment through Individual Counseling
  • Psychosocial Groups, Educational Groups, Life Skills Groups, and Peer Led Support Groups
  • Assessments

RISE History

RISE is currently the only prostitution and trafficking-specific program in Toledo, Ohio that follows the Social Work Code of Ethics and offers quality and comprehensive programming in partnership with professionals and survivors. The program was founded in 1993 as Second Chance through the efforts of Dr. Celia Williamson. The design of the program was based on over 500 hours of interviews conducted with survivors/victims from the Toledo community. From the founding of the Second Chance program into its development as RISE, the program has sought to not only help individual women and girls but to engage in community change as well. Before Second Chance, there was little or no recognition by the Toledo community that women involved in street level prostitution were often victims of violence and exploitation. There was also little to no recognition by the Toledo community that child prostitutes are victims of child abuse.

Throughout the years Second Chance empowered many women and girls to find their own voice and to regain choice in their lives. Due to the past and continued efforts of the Second Chance program and Dr. Celia Williamson, the Toledo community has begun to recognize that children involved in prostitution are victims/survivors of sex trafficking and that women involved in street level prostitution suffer violence, abuse, and discrimination. However, change is often a slow process and RISE will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the Toledo community is sensitized to and recognizes the victimization and violence which occurs in sex trafficking of children and the prostitution of women.

RISE Tools & Resources

Forever Priceless

You are Forever Priceless! Join RISE in demonstrating how girls and women are priceless and not something to be bought and sold. The Forever Priceless campaign includes ribbons that are black, purple and pink. The black is for women who lost their lives due to the sex trade, purple is for those who are being victimized and the pink signifies the need to prevent young girls from being trafficked.

Educators

Prevention is a key component of the Forever Priceless campaign. RISE produced the prevention video “Losing Maria” to educate community members about domestic minor sex trafficking including the recruitment process, precautions and possible effects of trafficking. Curriculum accompanies the 42-minute film and can be used with a variety of audiences. Visit the Downloads section to obtain the video and curriculum.

Educational Tools

Facilitator's Guide accompanies the “Losing Maria” prevention video. The Facilitator's Guide can be used with a variety of audiences and allows viewers to explore the video and themes in a safe setting. Facilitator's Guide is designed to generate increased understanding of dangers of trafficking including the recruitment process, torture tactics, societal level pressures and the impact of trafficking on individuals, families and society.

For more information, please contact
RISE staff at
t: (419) 241-1138
RISE@USE.SALVATIONARMY.ORG

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