NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - In the fight against human trafficking, the Salvation Army is well known for its SAFE-T program. Funding for the program is a problem, but Salvation Army officials say the SAFE-T program is not going away, it is just changing.
In a press release Monday, officials released the following statement:
“The Salvation Army Western Division (serving Nebraska, South Dakota, and western Iowa) has made the decision to restructure its SAFE-T anti-human trafficking program. This restructuring comes about as a result of financial considerations, as well as a need to optimize resources via our Corps Community Centers and other operational units. This was a difficult decision to make, as five positions are eliminated as a result. We are working to assist the affected employees to help meet their financial needs in the immediate term, and, if they so choose, to facilitate their application to open positions elsewhere in the organization.
We want to reassure the community that our commitment to fighting human trafficking remains strong. In fact, we are expanding that commitment, as this restructuring changes the delivery model used by the SAFE-T program. Now, we will be delivering anti-human trafficking services through many of our Corps Community Centers throughout the three states we serve—rather than the former approach of service delivery in Nebraska only. Training and consultation at the Corps level in anti-human-trafficking efforts has already begun, and we will continue to enhance existing training going forward. We will also continue our long-standing collaboration with community partners, including governmental agencies, and look for ways to enhance that collaboration.
Ultimately, this new delivery model will increase the number of Salvation Army Western Division staff trained to assist survivors of human trafficking. The services that we provide to survivors will not only remain comprehensive, but will also be available throughout an expanded area—in South Dakota and in western Iowa, as well as in Nebraska.
As regards the North Platte area, our Corps Community Center there will continue to carry out Salvation Army anti-human trafficking efforts with community partners. Staff there have been equipped to assist individuals affected by human trafficking, and will receive ongoing training and consultation.”
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