Cleveland Browns coach to open safe house for human trafficking victims

Updated: Jul. 21, 2017 at 11:41 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson and his wife, Michelle, launched the Hue Jackson Foundation Thursday night. Their first initiative is to help fund a safe house for female human trafficking victims.

In partnership with the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland, the foundation's Hue Jackson Survivors of Human Trafficking Residence will offer a safe environment for human trafficking victims. Law enforcement officials, social service workers, and healthcare professionals will be on site to offer help to the residents.

According to the foundation's website, statistics show that there are less than 100 beds available nationally. The northeast Ohio location will include 12 beds for women.

The launch of the Hue Jackson Foundation was held at the Cleveland Browns training facility Thursday night. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was also in attendance.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said, "Human traffickers target the most vulnerable members of our society who need the most help and use them for their own profit and advancement. The work that the Hue Jackson Foundation will do to help combat this will be invaluable in providing awareness and prevention to help protect our children and loved ones from falling victim to this heinous crime."

Visit the Hue Jackson Foundation's website for more details.

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