Allied Universal raises over $1.9m for human trafficking victims

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Allied Universal has announced that, at the company’s annual fundraising event, more than $1.9 million was raised for the only US shelter that serves the world’s more than 40 million human trafficking victims.

“In the US, there are 16,066 substance abuse treatment facilities. 11,379 homeless shelters. 1,642 domestic violence shelters. There’s only one licensed residential drug treatment shelter dedicated to victims of human trafficking and it’s in Orange County just miles from our global headquarters,” said Allied Universal CEO Steve Jones.

“That’s why, every year, [my wife] Stacy and I underwrite and host a charity event to bring much needed attention to the serious issue of human trafficking. All funds raised at this year’s Hot August Nights event go directly to Vera’s Sanctuary.”

Allied Universal says that in the last four years, the guests, donors and sponsors of Hot August Nights have raised more than $5.5 million for Vera’s Sanctuary.

Human trafficking shelter

Vera’s Sanctuary provides licensed drug treatment services for human trafficking victims ranging in age from 15 to 26. Residents receive 30 hours of weekly therapeutic services, food, clothing, medical care, psychiatric services, prenatal support and transportation.

The women benefit from educational instruction, vocational training, automobile gift programs, internships and job placement. There is no maximum length of stay.

Since opening its doors in 2018, Vera’s Sanctuary has provided rehabilitation to nearly 600 women.

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