Fort Worth meeting brings anti-trafficking training
By: Brad Rowland
In mid-August, The Salvation Army furthered its anti-human trafficking work in Fort Worth, Texas with involvement in a community-wide training event. In tandem with Unbound, an international nonprofit focused on helping those living on the margins of society, and Christ Chapel Bible Church, the Army welcomed partners from across the city with an eye toward preparation for work on the frontlines.
The 200-person training was headlined by the speaking work of Bonnie Martin, who has 15 years of experience and an extensive background working with victims of violence, exploitation and human trafficking. Those attending the two-day event included representatives from the governor’s office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Fort Worth and Arlington Police Departments.
“For service providers and folks that come into contact with survivors, it is important to really understand how to communicate, what you can say, what you shouldn’t say, and the message (covered) best strategies and practices when working on the ground,” said Beckie Wach, director of operations of J.E. & L.E. Mabee Social Service Center.
Across the Dallas-Fort Worth command, anti-human trafficking efforts are ongoing, with a dual diagnosis program centering on the transition for survivors to permanent housing and a stable life; and such initiatives as street outreach and the simple invitation to engage with the Army at a local drop-in center.