Humans Should Never Be For Sale
Along with providing immediate refuge for survivors of human trafficking, we take a holistic approach to healing, helping each individual move from a state of enslavement to self-sufficiency.
The modern day slave trade is a multi-billion dollar industry. Worldwide, 40.3 million individuals are trafficked for labor, sexual exploitation, and profit. This problem is global — it reaches from the most distant shores to our very own neighborhood.
The Salvation Army in the Carolinas has been fighting for those impacted by human trafficking since 2011 through Project FIGHT (Freeing Individuals Gripped by Human Trafficking) based at our office in Raleigh, NC. Through partnerships and relationships with state and local government, law enforcement, and other agencies here in Buncombe County, we are able to provide comprehensive case management to survivors of human trafficking.
We raise awareness of the injustices of human trafficking by partnering with local coalitions. Through prevention activities and our work to reduce demand for forced labor and commercial sex, we prevent future crimes. We also help rescue and restore current victims by improving the identification and prosecution of local traffickers.
After meeting the immediate needs of human trafficking survivors and helping them to find stable footing, we help connect them to a network of agencies and services including medical, mental health, legal, housing, and other services they may require.
We are walk beside them helping them along the path to restoration, fighting for them every step of the way.
- Over 4,000 cases of human trafficking reported in the Carolinas since 2007.
- More than 65% of them were trafficked for sexual purposes.
- More than 30% of these victims are minors.
- The youngest clients in Project FIGHT are just eleven years old.
HOW WE FIGHT
We provide crisis intervention and comprehensive case management for individuals impacted by human trafficking. Trauma-informed case managers connect individuals to resources including food, shelter, clothing, safety planning, general and mental health services, governmental assistance and immigration specialists.
Outreach & Awareness
Since its inception, PROJECTFIGHT has trained and educated over 4,500 professionals and community members on issues related to human trafficking and how individuals and groups can work to combat it. We regularly participate in community events and actively reach out to members of vulnerable populations.
PROJECTFIGHT leads and regularly participates in North Carolina's Rapid Response Teams. These interdisciplinary teams include law enforcement, legal, and medical personal and respond to individual's most critical needs within 72 hours.