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 SAFE Center is the first systematic, university-based program to serve victims of human trafficking with comprehensive legal, social, economic empowerment, mental health, and medical services. Since its founding in 2016, it has served 165 survivors of human trafficking plus families of victims.
The SAFE Center has attracted substantial state, local, and private grant funding. It received a joint $1.3 million U.S. Department of Justice grant with the Prince George’s County Police Department, and two Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) grants totaling almost $1.2 million to provide services to survivors of sex and labor trafficking in Maryland. The center also received several large grants of up to $100,000 from private foundations.
Nine UMB and UMCP schools and colleges are engaged, and 70 students have served internships at the center, helping to provide client services, develop programs and curriculum, conduct outreach, and provide research. The SAFE Center has 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.
Located along the I-95 corridor in an area known as a hub for human trafficking, the center serves victims in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and, through a new state grant, is expanding to Washington County, which also is battling a high rate of trafficking.
Read more: SAFE Center: Helping the Vulnerable
Safe Center for Human Trafficking Survivors
- Categories: Research, Service