The Salvation Army in Omaha and throughout Nebraska offers services to trafficking victims through a variety of programs. Trafficking victims primarily come into these services through referrals from local law enforcement, the FBI victim assistance program, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, or initially for other services such as safe sheltering. Salvation Army staff are trained by the National Training Center for Trauma Informed Cares.
In Omaha, the Army offers an array of services which can be combined to offer comprehensive care. These services include:
- Transitional housing and comprehensive case management for single adults and families.
- Wellspring, now in its 20th year, is a program focusing on restoration and freedom from prostitution, human trafficking and sexual exploitation. This holistic program offers case management, substance abuse counseling, advocacy, support groups and other services. It is nonresidential and can be combined with other Salvation Army residential services.
- Mental Health counseling by licensed professionals is available for all program participants, specializing in caring for those who have been traumatized.
In central Nebraska, The Salvation Army contracts with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and the National Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program to provide comprehensive case management to foreign victims of human trafficking.
For more information about specific services, please contact Linda Burkle, Ph.D., Divisional Social Services Director. Dr. Burkle was appointed by Governor Dave Heineman to serve on the Nebraska Task Force on Human Trafficking and chairs the Education and Public Awareness committee. Representing The Salvation Army Central Territory, Burkle also presented a report to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women last year. Linda Burkle can be reached at 402.898.5940 or via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.