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PROMISE - About Us

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In January of 2005, The Salvation Army’s PROMISE initiative (Partnership to Rescue our Minors from Sexual Exploitation) was launched in Chicago to combat sex trafficking of children. The model, developed by The Salvation Army, includes the formation of a task force which engages in initiatives that address the PROMISE provisions of awareness, prevention, intervention, and service delivery. Strategies for implementing the provisions are developed by members who represent the social service, education, legal, judicial, law enforcement, healthcare and other sectors thus ensuring a comprehensive and holistic approach.

The Salvation Army’s Trafficking Outreach Program and Intervention Techniques (STOP-IT)

To complement the service provision of PROMISE, The Salvation Army received funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote the identification of trafficked victims. The STOP-IT program also conducts community outreach and provides training and technical assistance for those offering recovery services to trafficking survivors.


To date, PROMISE is comprised of thirty-one governmental and non-governmental organizations, all of which support The Salvation Army model.

  • The Salvation Army
  • Adults Saving Kids
  • The Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Greater Chicago (NAMI-GC)
  • American Bar Association, Latin American Law Initiative Council
  • Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
  • Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
  • Chicago Communities in Schools
  • Chicago Police Department
  • Children's Memorial Hospital
  • The Christian Community Health Center-Footprints
  • The Circuit Court of Cook County, Juvenile Justice Division
  • The Circuit Court of Cook County, Child Protection Division
  • City of Chicago, Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence
  • Cook County Commission on Women's Issues
  • Cook County Sheriff, Youth Services Department
  • Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department
  • Dominican University
  • The Dreamcatcher Foundation
  • Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
  • Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Kaleidoscope, Inc.
  • Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
  • Law Offices of Salvador A.Cicero
  • Maryville Academy
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
  • Office of the Cook County Public Guardian
  • Office of the Illinois Attorney General
  • State’s Attorney of Cook County
  • UCAN - Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN)
  • U.S. Department of Justice/Federal Bureau of Investigation


Community Response Plan

On November 30, 2007 PROMISE held the Community Response Plan at Dominican University. At the event, a two-year plan was developed to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children in our community. The plan will be implemented by the PROMISE task force and the Awareness, Prevention, Intervention and Service Delivery Subcommittees.

PROMISE Program Powerpoint Training Tool