$658K Dept. of Justice Grant Paves Way for Formal Coordinated Countywide Response to Address Human Trafficking
The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia announced today the establishment of a core team of agencies to serve victims of human trafficking in Montgomery County made possible with a new grant from the Department of Justice. It is the first time that all of these agencies are working together to address human trafficking in Montgomery County.
The three-year, $658,774 grant allows The Salvation Army’s New Day to Stop Trafficking program to coordinate comprehensive services to victims of all forms of trafficking with partner agencies, including:
- The Salvation Army’s New Day to Stop Trafficking Program
- Friends of Farmworkers (Friends of Farmworkers supports low-wage workers as they pursue economic and social justice. With offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the organization provides community education and no-cost legal aid to low-wage workers across the Pennsylvania. Friends of Farmworkers provides civil legal aid and support services to victims of labor trafficking, assisting in the recovery of unpaid wages and other money owed to them by their traffickers and in related immigration services.)
- Nationalities Service Center (NSC provides comprehensive case management services for foreign victims/survivors of human trafficking, including support with food and housing, safety planning, and referrals to necessary services.)
- Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (As a sub-contractor under the grant, the CSE Institute will work collaboratively with the team of service providers to promote public awareness and conduct trainings on the legal aspects of human trafficking. Additionally, the CSE Institute will provide legal assistance to eligible victims of trafficking, including explanation of legal rights and protections, representation in post-conviction relief, facilitation of representation by pro bono attorneys, and general advocacy on matters that arise as a result of the human trafficking victimization.)
- Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (Montgomery Child Advocacy Project’s (MCAP) mission is to end and prevent child abuse and neglect in Montgomery County through legal services, advocacy and education. The nonprofit organization’s 125 trained and dedicated volunteer attorney advocates, well-known in the County as “MCAPs,” provide free legal representation to children referred by the courts, District Attorney, Public Defender, police, etc. MCAPs meet with their child client, investigate their case, attend court with them and explain the process to them, present findings to the court and represent their child client’s interests, and work with other organizations and agencies to ensure their child client receives the services they need. Since its founding in 2004, MCAP has served more than 5,350 children and, unfortunately, demand is growing – the organization served a total of 654 children in 2017, marking a 72% increase over the last two years.)
- Laurel House (Laurel House is a comprehensive domestic violence agency serving all of Montgomery County)
- Mission Kids (Mission Kids provides coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to responding to child abuse allegations in Montgomery County to reduce the trauma to the child, as well as help ensure accountability of offenders.)
- Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth
- Montgomery County Detective Bureau
- Upper Merion Township Police
“The formation of this core team of agencies is a significant step in the fight against labor and sex trafficking in Montgomery County,” said Arielle Curry, Director of Anti-Trafficking, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. “It will provide victims with the help they need on their journey of healing, as well as build awareness and prevention of human trafficking.”
The Salvation Army is on the frontline each and every day helping to enrich, improve and transform lives of people in the greatest of need. In Greater Philadelphia, The Salvation Army’s New Day to Stop Trafficking program has been helping victims of human trafficking by taking into account the complex trauma that a victim endures, and providing ongoing social services for victims of trafficking, as well as statewide advocacy work for human trafficking policy reform.
About The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia:
The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. The Salvation Army is equipped to respond to both acute disasters such as fires and floods as well as the daily, ongoing struggles of the region’s less fortunate individuals. Since 1879, The Salvation Army has a record of success stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Salvation Army’s programming operates community centers and residential facilities throughout the Philadelphia region offering shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, anti-human trafficking programs, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.
Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
For more information, please visit www.SAPhilly.org.