D.C. Salvation Army opens shelter for human trafficking victims

(PHOTO: Va. Salvation Army)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Salvation Army in D.C. will open a new shelter for human trafficking victims Wednesday.

The 24-hour shelter will combat the issue and give rapid response services that are critical to trafficking survivors throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia, the organization says.

Salvation Army says the shelter will provide immediate care through a 24-hour hotline and intake process, emergency shelter, comprehensive case management, emergency medical, mental, and health care, and confidential crisis response.

The Salvation Army will also provide long-term services including trauma therapy, transitional housing, education, and employment training.

To protect survivors, the address remains confidential.

If you would like to help out, the shelter is asking the community for the following donations:

• Prepared meals
• Nonperishable food
• Gift cards
• Toilet paper
• Paper Towels
• Feminine hygiene products
• Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
• Backpacks to fill with donations