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.
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).
PROMISE offers assistance in supporting the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless efforts for a Women's Residential Treatment and Transition Center.
The Salvation Army PROMISE program will sponsor a half day presentation and discussion on children's rights, sexual exploitation and child sex tourism on Friday 3/20/09 at the UIC School of Nursing, 845 South Damen, Chicago, Illinois
Promise program establishes an international partnership with Oasis Trust/Stopthetraffik in London England and attended their international peoples lecture. To view the lecture please follow this link.
PROMISE reached agreement with the 28 member organizations of the task force to launch an organized campaign to promote our model. To assist in the effort we provide a detailed PROMISE PowerPoint presentation. There are essential training notes included with this presentation. To access them please download the presentation and opened it in Powerpoint.
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.
PROMISE is proud to collaborate with the United Center for the airing of an anti-sexual exploitation public service announcement spearheaded by The Salvation Army. See the PSA now:
Macintosh QuickTime (1.6MB)
Windows movie (1.6MB)