ASPPH logo


School & Program Updates

School & Program Updates

Maryland: SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors

The University of Maryland School of Public Health is pleased to announce that the University’s Support, Advocacy, Freedom, and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors will become part of the School of Public Health beginning this month. The SAFE Center is an initiative of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Maryland, College Park, through their strategic partnership: MPowering the State. Onsite and through partnerships, the SAFE Center provides comprehensive social, legal, mental health, medical, economic empowerment, and crisis intervention services to survivors of human trafficking. The Center also engages in research and advocacy to help prevent trafficking and improve survivor services.

The SAFE Center’s newly established position within the School of Public Health recognizes the interconnected nature of human trafficking to other forms of violence and systemic inequities. The University of Maryland’s collaborative effort to fight human trafficking will benefit from the multi-faceted, systemic approach that is central to public health.

In addition to its home base with the School of Public Health,  the SAFE Center will continue its collaborative work with the Schools of Social Work, Law, Dentistry, and Nursing in Baltimore; and the Schools of Public Policy and Business; and Colleges of Education; Arts and Humanities; and Behavioral and Social Sciences in College Park.