LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Salvation Army’s SEEDS (Saving, Empowering, Educating and restoring DreamS) of Hope program provides victim-centered, trauma-informed, comprehensive advocacy to victims of all forms of human trafficking.
The program offers crisis intervention, case management, and coordinating supportive services to move clients from victim to survivor. Services include emotional support, safety planning, social service advocacy, criminal/civil justice advocacy, housing, food, utilities, clothing, identification, transportation, baby care items, education assistance, work assistance, and information and referrals.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, SEEDS of Hope – one of The Salvation Army’s 46 anti-human trafficking programs in the U.S. – has been working intently with over 30 victims in aftercare, providing comprehensive case management assistance.
The program has served more than 2,000 clients seeking freedom since 2006.
Once a victim of trafficking has been referred to the program, a case manager will conduct an intake evaluation and explain the services available, work to meet any immediate needs, and create a service plan in coordination with other programs and organizations with which the client is working to ensure no duplication of services.
Due to the vulnerability of this population, services are provided for a minimum of one year.
After the one year of services, the client’s needs are reevaluated, and if the client requires further services, a new case plan will be developed and reevaluated every six months going forward.
Las Vegas is ranked fourth in the nation for the number of calls made to the National Human Trafficking Hotline (888-373-7888; TTY: 711; Text: 233733). With over 92% of the women in the sex industry sharing they wanted to escape but had no other means of survival, the closure of the strip clubs in Las Vegas has allowed for many victims to seek help.
To learn more about The Salvation Army’s anti-human trafficking work, visit The Salvation Army Fight For Freedom.