January is Human Traffkcing Awareness Month

SAFE-T Program Provides Resources for Trafficking Survivors

The Salvation Army Fight to End Trafficking (SAFE-T) program, launched in September 2016, is funded by a grant awarded to The Salvation Army and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office by the Office of Justice Programs from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The purpose of the grant was to develop task forces that address human trafficking across the state, focusing on identifying victims of all types of human trafficking, investigating and prosecuting sex and labor trafficking cases, and addressing the needs of victims through the provision of a comprehensive array of services.

The SAFE-T program serves as a bridge between victims and other social services across Nebraska, helping each person with housing, food, therapy, medical and legal assistance, and more.

SAFE-T program staff worked with 62 survivors of human trafficking and their families in 2017. Survivors lived all throughout Nebraska. The highest needs for survivors served were crisis intervention, ongoing emotional support and case management, transportation access, and housing.

Last December, the Panhandle Regional Team of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force conducted an investigation in collaboration with nine different agencies, including The Salvation Army and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office. As a result, four people were arrested for sex trafficking.

“I want to thank all of our community partners, law enforcement partners, and task force members for helping us make this such a successful year. Without the support of the community we would not have been able to assist our program consumers as comprehensively,” said SAFE-T Program Director Alicia Webber.

For help, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 and ask to speak with a Salvation Army SAFE-T specialist in Nebraska.