Human Trafficking 

Since the beginning of humanity, people have been bought, sold, and enslaved by other people. But one of the great collective triumphs of our world has been our ability to end slavery. Slaves themselves, along with people of faith, were at the forefront of challenging this evil practice.

“Abolition” leaves no room for compromise.

Emancipation set the captives free, right?

Well, at least that’s what we like to think. Sure, we’ve heard there are still questionable work conditions in sweatshops on the other side of the world. But buying, selling and trafficking human beings? If that’s happening, it must be far away from us.

Actually, no. No matter where we live, modern-day slavery is amongst us.

From the girl forced into selling herself at a hotel next to your favorite restaurant to the man discovered in that very restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and humanity.

A holistic, collaborative, compassionate, grit-filled response is required. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery—a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 40.3 million people around the world.

Here’s the good news: Since its very beginning, God raised The Salvation Army as a global pioneer and leader to fight against human trafficking.

Today, just as in 1902 when we invaded the Japanese brothels and helped to free thousands of girls and women, we’re dedicated to fighting this evil by intercepting trafficking networks through strategic interventions and providing safety, justice, and holistic restorative to its survivors.

The Salvation Army USA Anti-Trafficking Programs

The Salvation Army currently operates 46 anti-trafficking programs nationwide offering holistic services to survivors of human trafficking. Using the map below, please click on a city to find out what type of holistic services are offered at a specific program and its contact information. To zoom in on the cities, please double click on the map .

 

 

 

Atlanta, Georgia

Haven Atlanta
Melba Robinson
(678) 595-6542
melba.robinson@uss.salvationarmy.org
www.havenatl.org
Services: Drop-in center

Atlanta, Georgia

USA Southern Territory Headquarters
Sheena Evans
sheena.evans@uss.salvationarmy.org
biblicalsocialjustice.com
Services: Training and technical assistance

Baltimore, MD

Catherine’s Cottage
Major DeeAnn Glick
April Smith
(443) 583-5011
(406) 743-5837 (Hotline)
deeann.glick@uss.salvationarmy.org
april.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org
Services: Emergency housing, transitional housing, case management

Bath, Maine

C.R.O.W.N.S.
Barbara Anderson
(207) 650-0404
nnebath-crowns@use.salvationarmy.org
facebook.com/crownsbathbruns
Services: Education, prevention, advocacy, outreach, training, referrals/case management

Northern New England Contact
Major Paula Spencer
(207) 245-3782
paula.spencer@use.salvationarmy.org

Brooksville, FL

Capt. Mike Chamberlain
(352) 796-1186
mike.chamberlain@uss.salvationarmy.org
salvationarmyflorida.org/hernando
Services: Pastoral counseling, social services, food pantry

Carnegie, PA

L.I.G.H.T. Project (Leading Individuals Gracefully out of Human Trafficking)
Sarah Medina
(412) 999-1197
sarah.medina@use.salvationarmy.org
www.salvationarmywpa.org/lightproject
Services: comprehensive case management, 24-hour emergency response, transitional housing, relocation assistance, trainings, coalition/capacity building efforts

Chicago, IL

STOP-IT
Rachel Ostergaard
(877) 606-3158 (24-Hr Hotline)
rachel.ostergaard@usc.salvationarmy.org
sa-stopit.org
Services: Comprehensive case management, drop-in center, transitional housing, taskforce coordination, 24-hour hotline

Cincinnati, Ohio

Anti-Human Trafficking Program/End Slavery Cincinnati
Erin Meyer
(513) 800-1863 (Hotline)
(513) 646-0977
erin.meyer@use.salvationarmy.org
https://easternusa.salvationarmy.org/greater-cincinnati/end-slavery-cincinnati/
www.endslaverycincinnati.org
www.salvationarmycincinnati.org
Services: 24-hour hotline, crisis response, case management, outreach, groups (psycho-educational/prevention and process), coalition/training, task force response and coordination, specialty docket partners, drop-in center

www.salvationarmycincinnati.org
Services: 24-hour hotline, crisis response, case management, outreach (street, online, hotel, migrant, others), groups (psycho-educational/prevention and process), coalition/training, task force response and coordination, specialty docket partners, drop-in

Cleveland, Ohio

Zelma George Family Shelter Survivors’ Program
Megan Crow
(216) 781-3773 ext. 118 or 119
megan.crow@use.salvationarmy.org
Services: Emergency shelter, case management

Columbus, Ohio

Anti-Human Trafficking Program
Michelle Hannan
(614) 437-2149
mhannan@use.salvationarmy.org
Services: 24-hour hotline and emergency response, case management, street outreach, drop-in center, trauma/substance use therapy groups, victim advocacy for anti-trafficking task force, coalition management, public awareness

Services: 24 hour hotline, 24 hour emergency response, case management, street outreach, drop in center, trauma/substance use therapy groups, victim advocacy for HT task force, coalition management, public awareness
www.salvationarmycentralohio.org
www.centralohiorescueandrestore.org

Dallas, Texas

The Harbor – CPC Dallas Texas
Beckie Wach
(817) 344-1811
beckie.wach@uss.salvationarmy.org
Services: Provides emergency housing, case management, drop-in center

Fort Worth, Texas

Anti-Human Trafficking Services – SIMON and First Choice Program
Beckie Wach
(817) 344-1811
beckie.wach@uss.salvationarmy.org
Services: Transitional and residential services in dual diagnosis and substance abuse treatment programs, comprehensive case management, link to permanent supportive housing on completion of program

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Anti-Human Trafficking Program
Erin Benson
(616) 481-4777
erin.benson@usc.salvationarmy.org
Services: Anti-human trafficking care coordination/resource navigation, advocacy and case management for survivors for human trafficking

Hartford, Connecticut

The Bloom Initiative
(860) 702-0017
https://easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southern-new-england/fight-for-justice/
Services: Case management, street outreach, drop-in center, training, public awareness

Hilo, Hawaii

Family Intervention Services
Roxanne Costa
(808) 959-5855
roxanne.e.costa@usw.salvationarmy.org
Services: Emergency shelter, safe housing for boys and girls, CBR3, outreach and prevention services

Hoffman Estates, IL

Center for Social Justice and Urban Mission | USA Central Territory Headquarters
Elyse Dobney
elyse.dobney@usc.salvationarmy.org

Home


Services: Training and technical assistance

Honolulu, HI

Family Treatment Services
Candace Pang
(808) 739-4945
candace.pang@usw.salvationarmy.org
Services: Residential and outpatient substance use treatment for women with or without children, case management and outreach, supportive housing for women and children in early recovery

Houston, TX

The Salvation Army Family Residence – AHT Collaborative
Shirah Villegas
(713) 650-6530
shirah.villegas@uss.salvationarmy.org
Services: Emergency shelter, case management, connection to permanent housing

Indianapolis, Indiana

The Salvation Army, Women and Children Center
Sonya Miller
(317) 637-5551
pam.fleck@usc.salvationarmy.org
Services: Emergency shelter, case management, hour to empower, meals, bed nights, outreach, continuing support for residents that have left the shelter, referrals, resources, financial assistance, domestic violence groups, medical

Jamestown, NY

Anew Center
Diana Butcher
(716) 485-8651, (800) 252-8748
dbutcher@use.salvationarmy.org
https://eastnusa.salvationarmy.org/empire/jamestown
Services: 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter (if domestic violence is present in trafficking case), case management, 24-hour hospital response, financial assistance, legal, medical, agency advocacy and accompaniment, basic care needs, referrals/information

Las Vegas, NV

SEEDS of Hope
Jennifer McQuaid
(725) 777-1358
jennifer.mcquaid@usw.salvationarmy.org
Services: Emergency shelter, mental health counseling, victim advocacy, substance abuse treatment, crisis prevention and safety planning, legal referrals, education empowerment, employment assistance, transitional and after care services, trauma informed care, classes, group support

Los Angeles, CA

Bell Shelter Program
Steve Lytle
(323) 263-1206
steve.lytle@usw.salvationarmy.org
Services: Safe housing

Hope Harbor Center
George Garcia
(213) 744-8186
george.garcia@usw.salvationarmy.org
Services: Safe housing

The Way In Program
Susana Nunez
(323) 469-2946 x 1641
susana.nunez@usw.salvationarmy.org
Services: Safe housing

Louisville, KY

Red Shield Emergency Shelters
Lorena Lasky
(502) 235-1912
lorena.lasky@uss.salvationarmy.org
Services: Emergency housing, case management

Manchester, NH

The Oasis Center – An Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative
Nora McNeil
(603) 627-7013
nora.mcneil@use.salvationarmy.org
chantonia.morgan@use.salvationarmy.org
www.facebook.com/theoasiscenterforwomen
Services: Drop-in center, case management, clothing/food/hygiene, computer access, groups (empowerment, therapeutic interventions), job training, advocacy for court

New London, Connecticut

The Bloom Initiative
(860) 702-0017
https://easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southern-new-england/fight-for-justice/
Services: Case management, outreach, training, public awareness center

New York, NY

P.E.A.R.L. Essence
Major A. A. Margareta Ivarsson
(212) 337-7303, (332) 215-8653
margareta.ivarsson@use.salvationarmy.org
Services: Awareness, training, external task force collaborations, illicit massage parlor and street outreach, emergency housing with law enforcement

North Carolina

(Asheville, Boone, Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh)
Project FIGHT (Freeing Individuals Gripped by Human Trafficking)
Shanda McLaren
info@projectfight.org; referprojectfightnc@uss.salvationarmy.org (emails)
www.projectfight.org
Services: Comprehensive trauma informed case management, emergency shelter, financial assistance, emotional support, personal advocacy/accompaniment, referral

Omaha, Nebraska

The Salvation Army’s Fight to End Trafficking
Dr. Monalisa McGee Baratta
(402) 898-7700
monalisa.mcgee@usc.salvationarmy.org
Services: Care management for survivors using the Pathway of Hope philosophy

The Salvation Army, Wellspring
(402) 898-5871
Services: Peer support group, case management, educational groups, and therapy

Orange County, CA

Orange County Anti-Trafficking Services for Women and Men
Morgan Guzman
(562) 999-2248
morgan.guzman@usw.salvationarmy.org
Services: Crisis response, comprehensive case management, housing assistance, employment services, safe housing for women and men

Philadelphia, PA

The New Day to Stop Trafficking Program
(267) 838-5866 (Hotline)
heather.larocca@use.salvationarmy.org
https://easternusa.salvationarmy.org/eastern-pennsylvania/fight-for-justice/
Services: Mobile case management, task force, court advocacy, drop-in center, transitional housing, police assisted diversion program, outreach, hotline, training

Pittsburgh, PA

L.I.G.H.T. Project (Leading Individuals Gracefully out of Human Trafficking)
Sarah Medina
(412) 999-1197
sarah.medina@use.salvationarmy.org
www.salvationarmywpa.org/lightproject
Services: Comprehensive case management, 24-hour emergency response, transitional housing, relocation assistance, trainings, coalition/capacity-building efforts

Portland, OR

Multnomah County Shelter Services
Salvation Army West Women’s and Children’s Shelter
(503) 731-3900
Services: Temporary housing for women and children, case management and advocacy, meals, clothing, domestic violence classes and groups, transportation, rental assistance

SAFES (Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter)
(971) 202-5359
Services: Emergency assistance, shelter, meals, case management, transitional housing

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

USA Western Territory Headquarters – SA Justice
Jacqui Larsson
(562) 491-8725
jacqui.larsson@usw.salvationarmy.org

Home (including Slider)


Services: Training, technical assistance, referrals

San Diego, CA

Betty’s House with Transitional Living Center
Heather St-Aimé
(858) 505-3947
heather.st-aime@usw.salvationarmy.org
doorofhope.salvationarmy.org
Services: Transitional housing, case management, therapy, chaplaincy, bible study, celebrate recovery

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puertas Abiertas
Edna Quiros
(787) 919-0704
puertasabiertas.es@gmail.com
facebook.comtequeremosayudar
Services: Case management and psychological services to victims of crime

Minerva Torres
(939) 475-1449
minerva.torres@use.salvationarmy.org
Services: Foreign national case management

Minerva Torres
939.475.1449
minerva.torres@use.salvationarmy.org
Services: Foreign National Case Management

Saratoga Springs, NY

Fight For Freedom
Trisha Smouse
(518) 742-0272
trisha.smouse@use.salvationarmy.org
sarah.fritch@use.salvationarmy.org
Services: Case management, therapeutic and support services, outreach, and training

Seattle, WA

Domestic Violence Community Advocacy Program
Julia Roemen
(206) 442-8373
julia.roemen@usw.salvationarmy.org
Services: Rapid re-housing, rental assistance

Southfield, MI

Divisional Headquarters
Services: Resource hub, outside referrals, direct financial assistance

Spokane, WA

Evangeline’s House
Erin Kauffman
(509) 435-9026
erin.kauffman@usw.salvationarmy.org
Services: Emergency foster care through WA state department of children, youth, and families

Tacoma, WA

Jarvie Memorial Family Lodge
Emily Reed
(253) 572-8452 x 117
emily.reed@usw.salvationarmy.org
Services: Emergency short-term housing

Tampa, Florida

Tom Eglinton
(813) 374-3554
(203) 560-5409 (after work hours)
Services: Safe emergency housing & referrals for holistic case management

Union, NJ

Anti-Human Trafficking & Pathway of Hope
Victoria McCombs
(908) 403-5085
victoria.mccombs@use.salvationarmy.org
Services: Awareness & training, prevention & mobile outreach, coordination of services including rental assistance, feeding, and seasonal assistance requests from external partners, taskforce response and coordination

West Nyack, NY

USA Eastern Territory Headquarters
Arielle Curry
arielle.curry@use.salvationarmy.org
Services: Training and technical assistance

Willimantic, Connecticut

The Bloom Initiative
(860) 702-0017
https://easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southern-new-england/fight-for-justice/
Services: Case management, outreach, training, public awareness

Wilmington, DE

Restoration Now
Lauren Arnold
(302) 256-1511
lauren.arnold@use.salvationarmy.org
https://pa.salvationarmy.org/delaware-command/8a6143af50c94ec10150d6cd5e7d06e2
Services: Awareness and training, community outreach

Action Plan

Since its very beginning, God raised The Salvation Army as a global pioneer and leader to fight against human trafficking.

Today, just as in 1902 when we invaded the Japanese brothels and help to free thousands of girls and women, we are dedicated to fighting this evil by intercepting trafficking networks through strategic interventions and providing safety, justice, and holistic restorative to its survivors.

In 2016, SA Justice launched Fight for Freedom, a 10-year action plan to combat human trafficking. Check here to download the plan!

Everyone is welcome — officers, soldiers, employees, volunteers and friends —  all are needed in this fight.

Let’s fight for freedom together.  Here’s the strategy:

1. Awareness and Trainings


Education is power. To equip and mobilize people to fight against human trafficking will require effective awareness and training. Here’s the hope and dream:

  • Creation and implementation of Human Trafficking 101 training for every employee/officer/cadet
  • Educate and encourage corps congregations to become fair-trade aware
  • Inclusion of human trafficking education training into SA ’Protect the Mission’
  • Interactive SA Info Booths available to division for awareness in communities around the territory
  • Regular best practices training, tools and resources for those engaged in the fight
  • Training trainers to target key places for awareness training:
    • Hospitality industry
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Ethnic-based communities
  • Divisional, regional and community training days
  • ‘We Will Not Be Silent Campaign’ – SA Global Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking
  • ‘White Ribbon Campaign’ – SA USW Awareness Against Pornography
3. Survivor Services and Recovery

After escaping from months or years of victimization, survivors of sex and labor trafficking often need a wide array of holistic services that recognize the unique trauma they have experienced. In order to rebuild their lives, survivors may be in immediate need of housing, counseling, medical care, legal advocacy, job training, interpretation, immigration relief, substance abuse recovery, or food and clothing assistance. The Salvation Army has historically provided case management and safe housing. Here’s the hope and dream:

  • A safehouse in every state
  • Extend and expand existing programs
  • Implement specialized best practices trainings for all staff serving survivors
  • Create economic empowerment program
2. Prevention and Outreach


Are there strategic ways to prevent human trafficking? We believe so. An effective way to find out is through outreach to vulnerable groups and intentional prevention strategies emerge. We believe The Salvation Army is well suited to do this work. Here’s the hope and dream:

  • Integrating anti-trafficking awareness & tools in SA programs & corps serving vulnerable people groups
  • SA Support Teams – A coordinated outreach to brothels/massage parlors in each division
  • BRAVE curriculum and campaign focused on empowering foster girls
  • Specific training for ethnic-based communities using primary language of community
  • Training our current outreach workers in the facts and options for trafficking victims (migrant workers and farm communities where labor trafficking is a growing concern) will make them effective in the fight against trafficking
  • Support booths at sex shows
  • Outreach to sex industry and street sex exploitation
  • Increase partnership with host countries in our partners in mission program
4. Partnership and Advocacy

The Salvation Army can’t do it alone. Partnering & collaborating will be essential to making any real impact in our anti-trafficking efforts. Here’s the hope and dream:

  • Establishing SA internal networking and partnerships
  • Participation & leadership in local anti-trafficking task forces
  • Intentional partnering with churches on local initiatives
  • Partnering with The Justice Conference
  • Creating service opportunities for volunteers
  • Creating a legal team/office for trafficking expertise
  • Liaising government relations employee re: government advocacy where strategic
  • SavN/New Frontier investigative justice solutions series

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