Salvation Army launches trafficking program in D.C.
The Salvation Army opened a new 24-hour anti-human trafficking program in the Greater Washington, D.C. area today.
The emergency shelter will house eight women or men fleeing any type of trafficking in D.C., suburban Maryland or Northern Virginia. Residents will gain access to comprehensive services, including medical care, trauma therapy and employment training.
“When we talk about the issue of human trafficking, it strikes to the very heart of the core values of what The Salvation Army are all about,” said Major James Hall, National Capital Area Commander, at an event at the Arlington Corps. “We believe that this is the best way that we can really make a difference.”
The D.C. area is especially prone to human trafficking due to its geographic location, multitude of sporting events, casinos, tourism, interstates and truck stops, and easy access to three airports.
After a lengthy needs assessment, The Salvation Army found that while the D.C. area had existing programs for trafficking victims, there was no place for emergency, short-term assistance. The new shelter is designed to fill that gap.
To protect its residents, The Salvation Army will not disclose the shelter’s location. Shelter staffers will meet potential clients at a designated public place, then guide them to safety.
The Salvation Army is seeking the public’s help through donations. The biggest needs are gift cards, toiletries and household items.
To support The Salvation Army’s anti-trafficking work in the D.C. area, visit salvationarmynca.org/2018/07/03/24-hour-emergency-shelter