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Released 2 August 2012

 The Salvation Army in Cincinnati to Combat Human Trafficking Through New Partnership

Joining with the End Slavery Cincinnati Coalition to Expand Resources and Services Offered Locally

Cincinnati, OH (August 2, 2012) -The Salvation Army in Cincinnati announced today that it has formed a partnership with End Slavery Cincinnati (ESC), the local anti-human trafficking coalition. Together, the organizations will work to combat human trafficking in the Greater Cincinnati area.

End Slavery Cincinnati, founded in 2007, is a Rescue and Restore Coalition serving Greater Cincinnati.  ESC has worked to increase community awareness and decrease victim identification through public education and the provision of training and technical assistance.  ESC has worked with medical professionals, service providers, law enforcement, students, educators, first responders, community groups and the community at large to address its mission.

Through this new partnership, the Anti-Human Trafficking program of The Salvation Army and ESC will continue educating the community and will begin providing emergency case management and crisis response assistance to trafficking victims in the area.  A human trafficking hotline will be available 24 hours a day, year-round.  The hotline number is 513-800-1863. Individuals, agencies or organizations may call the hotline for crisis assistance, for help leaving their situation, urgent support or referrals, or to report a potential human trafficking situation.

"I'm excited that we are embracing this new program to combat human trafficking," stated Major Faith Miller, Divisional Program Secretary at The Salvation Army.  "Like others in this coalition, I have a heart for the victims of human trafficking, and believe we need to focus resources on serving them.  I pray that increased education and specific services to those victimized will provide meaningful change in our community."

"As we embark on this new partnership, with its increased presence and capacity to serve in Greater Cincinnati, we look forward to connecting with other groups, organizations and agencies that can walk beside us in the battle against human trafficking," stated Erin Meyer, who will manage the coalition within The Salvation Army.  "It's a serious issue that needs our energy, enthusiasm and resources."

For more information about the Anti-Human Trafficking program at The Salvation Army as well as the End Slavery Cincinnati coalition, please contact Erin Meyer at erin.meyer@use.salvationarmy.org< /a>, or call her at 513-762-5658.www.salvationarmycincinnati.org. You can follow the local Salvation Army at www.facebook.com/Salvatio nArmyCincinnati, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SalArmyCincy.

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About End Slavery Cincinnati:
End Slavery Cincinnati (ESC) was founded in 2007 as a Rescue and Restore Coalition with the Department of Health and Human Services and serves as the anti-human trafficking coalition for the greater Cincinnati area.  ESC's two main goals are to increase victim identification through the provision of community education and awareness about human trafficking and to coordinate services for victims in need of assistance.  To date, End Slavery Cincinnati has provided training to over 4,000 individuals and groups, including service providers, faith based communities, medical professionals, universities, and law enforcement. For more information about ESC, upcoming events, local human trafficking news, or to request a training, visit www.endslaverycincinnati.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ESCincinnati, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Endslaverycinci.


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