The Salvation Army is deeply committed to the modern-day fight against human trafficking. This commitment emerges from The Salvation Army’s mission and is rooted in the organization’s early history. Project FIGHT (Freeing Individuals Gripped by Human Trafficking) provides case management for survivors of human trafficking and works to generate education and awareness about human trafficking in the community.
North Carolina is a top state for human trafficking. As an east-coast hub for national transit, a leader in military bases, an agriculturally dependent state, and a prosperous resettlement location for immigrants, it comes as no surprise that North Carolina consistently ranks within the top fifteen states for human trafficking.
Since Project FIGHT started in 2011 they have established a comprehensive case management program, and have been overwhelmed by the results. Without data to predict the potential number of victims across the state, Project FIGHT was established to handle 12 cases over two years, but by the second month alone, those 12 cases were opened. As of August 2016, Project FIGHT has experienced 127 cases of human trafficking through which they provided resources to over 250 men, women and children.
Project FIGHT has been able to build the right relationships across the state with law enforcement, medical professionals, sexual assault agencies, refugee services, employment programs, other anti-human trafficking organizations and legal services to promote their actions in order to correctly identify survivors and provide the services they need. The program is also the leader of the Rapid Response Team of the Triangle, where they collaborate efforts amongst service providers including law enforcement, legal aid, and medical/mental health providers. They work closely with these agencies to connect clients with basic needs, mental health assessments, education, employment, housing, and other resources.
Thanks to support from Governors Crime Commission, this year Project FIGHT was able to open its fifth location across the state of North Carolina. Project FIGHT now includes offices in Raleigh, Charlotte, New Bern, Asheville, and Greenville. Each location provides comprehensive case management for survivors of human trafficking found in North Carolina and works to generate education and awareness about human trafficking in the community.
For the latest updates or for more information on Project FIGHT, visit www.ProjectFIGHTNC.org