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The University of Maryland SUPPORT, ADVOCACY, FREEDOM, AND EMPOWERMENT (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors provides survivor-centered and trauma-informed services that empower trafficking survivors to heal and reclaim their lives. The SAFE Center aims to prevent trafficking and better serve survivors through research and policy advocacy.

Who We Are

The SAFE Center is an initiative of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State – a collaboration between the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). MPowering the State leverages the sizable strengths and complementary missions of both institutions to strengthen Maryland’s innovation economy, advance interdisciplinary research, create opportunities for students, and solve important problems for the people of Maryland and the nation. Working together, UMB and UMCP achieve innovation and impact through collaboration.

As part of MPowering the State, the SAFE Center is housed under the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where we are part of the Graduate School.

What We Do

  • Provide direct services for survivors of sex and labor trafficking.
  • Conduct research to fill gaps in knowledge on human trafficking and to improve our services to survivors.
  • Promote advocacy in support of justice and empowerment for survivors.

Who We Serve

We serve survivors of sex and/or labor trafficking of all nationalities, ages, and genders.


UMD SAFE Center Team Statement on Racial Injustice

The UMD SAFE Center decries the structural racism that remains as a toxic legacy of our country’s history and permeates our society today, and we are working to ensure that we are an actively anti-racist institution.