Support, Advocacy, Freedom and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors
Mission: To provide a combination of direct services, research, advocacy, and training that combats human trafficking and empowers survivors to heal and rebuild their lives.
The first systematic, university-based program serving victims of human trafficking with comprehensive legal, social, economic, mental health, and medical services.
Founded in 2016, SAFE Center has served hundreds of survivors of human trafficking and their families thanks to substantial funding from federal, state, and local government grants, as well as from private sources. 10 UMB and UMCP schools and colleges are engaged and over 100 students have served internships at the center, helping to provide client services, develop programs and curriculum, conduct outreach, and provide research.
In 2022, the center began instituting pilot programs and curriculum which resulted in a partnership with Marriott International for a nationwide roll out of the Future in Training (FiT) Curriculum that will span 11 metropolitan areas throughout the United States.
The SAFE Center serves in leadership roles on state and county human trafficking task forces, and is an essential partner to Maryland government agencies, law enforcement, private industry, and nonprofit organizations.
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