PROMISE in Chicago
In 2004, The Salvation Army developed the PROMISE model (Partnership to Rescue our Minors from Sexual Exploitation) to combat the sexual trafficking of our children. In January of 2005, the PROMISE model was launched in Chicago. The model includes the formation of a task force which engages in initiating the four main provisions of PROMISE. The provisions are: Awareness, Prevention, Intervention, and Service Delivery. To insure a holistic approach, specific strategies for implementing these provisions are developed by PROMISE members who represent the social service, education, legal, judicial, healthcare, and law enforcement sectors of our community.
Two new research studies on the harms of the Chicago sex trade are available. See Resources to read the findings on interviews with male customers and young women in the sex trade who experience violence and coercion.
Assistance for Victims
Predator Accountability Act
This legislation allows persons who have been or are subjected to the sex trade in Illinois to seek civil damages and remedies from individuals and/or entities that profited from or maintained them in the sex trade. More (28KB pdf) »
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
The Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Act
The Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program can provide up to $27,000 worth of assistance for financial losses incurred due to violent crime. More (148KB pdf) »
Illinois Attorney General - Helping Crime Victims
Legal Representation for Survivors
The Justice Project Against Sexual Harm (JusticePASH) provides low-income survivors of sexual assault and exploitation with low or no cost civil legal representation, policy and media advocacy. Learn more.
- The Salvation Army PROMISE program will host STOP THE TRAFFIK'S first international conference at Camp Wonderland on October 15, 2009.
The Salvation Army, PROMISE program has established a partnership with STOP THE TRAFFIK located in London England and will host a meeting of 21 people representing 9 countries participating in STOP THE TRAFFIK’s first international conference. Those attending this meeting represent the organizations in a given region or nation acting as a coordinating agencies for their campaigns. It is a role whose function is to inform, resource and drive forward the aims of STOP THE TRAFFIK through their various global initiatives.
The October 15, 09 conference will focus on START FREEDOM a brand new schools project to inspire the world’s young people to become social advocates and help keep those at risk safe. It is run in partnership with the United Nations. It will be launched online with a broadcast from the United Nations in New York on October 14, 2009.. Young people from around the world will have 6-months to learn what trafficking is, how it impacts their lives and what they can do to stay safe and help others. Young people will create their own community presentations - it may be street theatre, a film festival, a dance tour, an art exhibition, a book published or a community photographic project – they choose. The campaign will culminate in March 2010 with the greatest freedom show on earth, an online showcasing of what the young people have accomplished. One of our major goals in this campaign is to create an international classroom with young people worldwide being able to web chat/ conference with each other from Bombay to Bognor Regis.
- Buy the DVD. As part of our fight against human trafficking The Salvation Army is proud to support Holly, an award winning,captivating film, now available on DVD. View the flyer (369KB pdf).
- Malia Designs supports PROMISE
Malia Designs, a Chicago company with a mission to combat human trafficking, has generously agreed to donate 15% of any purchase to The Salvation Army PROMISE program. Malia Designs sells products such as bags, wallets and accessories made by non-profit organizations that employ disadvantaged people in developing countries as well as small family producers. To check out their beautiful products visit http://www.maliadesigns.com. Please be sure to type "PROMISE" in the coupon code box when making your purchase.
- PROMISE has formed a long-term partnership with Fair Fund in D.C. in an attempt to introduce their Tell Your Friends prevention curriculum to a select number of Chicago high schools.