John 1:5- “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
The Salvation Army has long opposed the abuse of human beings, through whatever means, for the profit or gain of another. We have been on the frontlines fighting human trafficking since the time of William and Catherine Booth, who advocated to raise the legal age of consent. We have come a long way, but the battle is far from over. Human trafficking continues to be a major yet unseen problem in the United States today and, in fact, happens right here in Western Pennsylvania.
To combat this issue, The Salvation Army launched a new initiative to serve past and present victims who are living this reality. This program develops community wide partnerships, fosters existing community-based partnerships, and creates a regional service network to ensure victims receive comprehensive care. In addition to these capacity building efforts, we also provide on-going comprehensive case management services, which offers a range of material, emotional, and moral support, along with training for community members such as law enforcement, hospital staff and teachers.
The Salvation Army will also work with local law enforcement and government entities to best identify and serve victims. In the future, we will provide a 24/7 hotline to counsel and assist those trying leave a trafficking situation or for those who would like to share potential trafficking information.
Through this program we will restore hope to the hopeless and change lives one at a time.
National Website: www.SAJustice.org