National Capital Area Command opens shelter for human trafficking victims
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command launched its new Anti- Human Trafficking Shelter on July 11. The 24-hour shelter is designed to combat human trafficking and give rapid response services that are critical to trafficking survivors throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.
The program uses a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach to aid survivors. The shelter provides immediate care through a 24-hour hotline and intake process, emergency shelter, comprehensive case management, emergency medical, mental and health care, and confidential crisis response.
The Salvation Army is also providing long-term services including trauma therapy, transitional housing, education and employment training.
Due to the nature of the shelter, The Salvation Army will not disclose its location. Survivors are promised protection and confidentiality.
In addition to monetary donations, the shelter needs the community’s support through in-kind donations such as prepared meals, non-perishable food, gift cards, toilet paper, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent and dryer sheets, and backpacks to fill with donations.
The shelter will raise awareness about human trafficking and educate the public about signs to look for when identifying human trafficking. Sporting events and airports are just two places in the Greater D.C. area that are susceptible to trafficking.