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The Salvation Army Receives $31,000+ Grant to Combat Human Trafficking
Ohio's Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) Awards Justice Assistance Grant
Cincinnati, OH (February 24, 2014) - The Salvation Army today announced that it will receive $31,141 from the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS). The grant is from the Edward R. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program funding to provide comprehensive services for victims of human trafficking in 2014. The funds will be presented to The Salvation Army on Tuesday, February 25th at 2:00 pm, during a public event at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
"We're grateful to receive these funds to continue our mission and work combatting human trafficking," stated Major Larry Ashcraft, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army. "Our work to address modern-day slavery is focused on positively impacting the lives of those victimized. These funds will help us in that effort, as we seek to offer them assistance escaping human trafficking and rebuilding their lives."
In Greater Cincinnati, The Salvation Army launched an Anti-Human Trafficking program in 2012. Since its inception, the program has provided comprehensive services to nearly 100 individuals. Forms of assistance have included 24-hour support leaving the trafficking situation, safe housing, medical and legal assistance, and ongoing support to help survivors become stable in the community. Beyond efforts to provide direct assistance to trafficking victims, local efforts to build awareness have included training opportunities and a speaker's series last year in partnership with End Slavery Cincinnati and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
"This additional funding will further our efforts to support those we meet every day," stated Erin Meyer, Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator at The Salvation Army. "We've already witnessed the impact we can have on individuals affected by these tragic circumstances, and we're committed to building momentum in our work to serve those most affected by modern day slavery."
Those in need of assistance or wanting to report a possible incidence of human trafficking can call 513-800-1863. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For those interested in learning more about The Salvation Army's Anti-Human Trafficking program, or to volunteer, please call 513-762-5600 to be connected to Erin Meyer, program coordinator.
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