PROMISE - Partnership to Rescue Our Minors from Sexual Exploitation

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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.

New Research

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.