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New Facility to Open for Human Trafficking Survivors

The Samaritan Women Offers Therapeutic Help, Specialized Long-Term Care to Victims from Across U.S.

Contact: Ty Mays, 770-256-8710 

BALTIMORE, Md., April 30, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Samaritan Women (TSW), a nationally recognized human trafficking recovery organization, will be opening its second facility for victims.  The long-term care program, one of the first in the country, is a model for other organizations across the United States.

Photo: Jeanne Allert, founder and executive director of The Samaritan Women (www.thesamaritanwomen.org).

The new facility, which will open in June, will serve as TSW's intake and stabilization center and allow the nonprofit organization to care for women in need of specialized treatment. The 4,000 square-foot home, located in a remote, undisclosed area, will accommodate up to six women.  Women completing the program there graduate to the organization's current facility, where they focus on therapeutic healing and academic, vocational and spiritual growth.

Human trafficking is often known as a global issue, but each year an estimated 100,000 children and thousands more women are sold for sex in the United States. Traffickers frequently target victims and use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry for their own profit. 

National awareness of human trafficking in the U.S. is increasing, but the availability of established and qualified shelter programs is limited, with little relief in sight. The Samaritan Women, founded in 2007, is one of the few long-term, Christian restoration programs in the country that has recognized that need and serves referrals from any state.

"What's critical for the American public to understand is this expansion of our services to provide critical care to survivors has only been made possible because a handful of concerned citizens stepped forward," comments Jeanne Allert, founder and executive director of The Samaritan Women. "These philanthropists became aware of the issue and mobilized the resources under their influence to make this new home a reality. This is the kind of citizen response we need in order to see similar progress replicated across the United States."

Three philanthropists donated funds to make this new facility possible. One of the donors was compelled to action after learning his minister's daughter was trafficked, and his own life was touched by tragedy. 
 
"We are thankful that the most vulnerable and hurting victims of trafficking will now be able to have a safe and secure space for additional stabilization, adjustment and care," said Allert.

Additional information about The Samaritan Women is available at www.thesamaritanwomen.org.

The Samaritan Women's (www.thesamaritanwomen.org) mission is to glorify God by seeking justice, reconciliation and healing for women recovering from domestic human trafficking. The nonprofit has received accolades and awards from Health Care for the Homeless, Great Nonprofits, the American Society for Public Administration and more. It operates transitional and restorative shelter programs for women. Emphases include life-rebuilding, personal accomplishments, social re-entry and spiritual reconciliation. The organization also seeks to inspire, educate and equip people to engage in combating domestic human trafficking through awareness, prevention, service and advocacy.
 
To schedule an interview with Jeanne Allert, contact Ty Mays @ 770-256-8710 or tmays@inchristcommunications.com.