Federal Dollars Awarded for Human Trafficking Survivors in Montgomery County
The University of Maryland Support, Advocacy, Freedom and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors, which aids survivors of human trafficking in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, was awarded $500,000 in federal funding. The SAFE Center operates in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services to provide housing assistance to survivors of human trafficking. “The Coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the need for stable, supportive housing for survivors,” according to U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Representatives Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes, Steny Hoyer and David Trone. “Through a thoughtful and trauma-informed approach, the SAFE Center will use these funds to continue helping survivors of human trafficking live independently – permanently. Maryland is fortunate to have the SAFE Center as a resource both to assist survivors and to prevent further trafficking, and we will keep supporting these crucial efforts in Congress,” the Maryland legislators wrote in a news release…. The SAFE Center is involved with direct services, research and advocacy for sex and labor trafficking survivors.