Elyse Dobney, Metropolitan Division STOP-IT program manager, and Joan Kurtz, territorial program consultant, represented the Central Territory at the most recent meeting of The Salvation Army’s North American Anti-Human Trafficking Committee at National Headquarters (NHQ) in Alexandria, Va.
The committee brings together representatives from all four U.S. territories, along with Mexico and Canada, to discuss how to equip Salvationists and their communities to respond to the serious impact of human trafficking and exploitation. Through the committee’s work, corps and communities have been given tools and resources to join in the fight for freedom while offering hope and healing to survivors.
Committee members also engaged in advocacy on Capitol Hill. Elyse, Joan and Hope Wilson, senior policy analyst for vulnerable populations at NHQ, met with staff members of Congress representatives from the Midwest to highlight The Salvation Army’s work. They shared information about Salvation Army programs across the Central Territory and encouraged lawmakers to join The Salvation Army in the campaign to end human trafficking.
“The Central Territory looks forward to continued collaboration with the North American Anti-Human Trafficking Committee and will share resources designed to equip corps and communities with the tools they need to support survivors while intentionally demonstrating the love of Jesus,” concluded Joan.
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To request help or report suspected human trafficking call the National Human Trafficking hotline at
1-888-373-7888 or text “help” to BEFREE (233733).