COOK COUNTY, IL – Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced a critical partnership today with Uber, the largest rideshare company in the United States, to support the need for transportation and grocery delivery services amongst domestic violence and human trafficking survivors who are receiving assistance through the Sheriff’s Office.
Through this partnership, the Sheriff’s Victim Support Services unit will receive $10,000 in vouchers from Uber to provide free rides and grocery deliveries to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking who are receiving support from the Office. The transportation provided by this partnership will allow these individuals to independently obtain necessities, medical care, and seek counseling and employment.
Transportation is a critical need for survivors of violence. Approximately 90% of human trafficking and domestic violence survivors helped by the Victim Support Services unit do not have access to a vehicle. The vouchers will be utilized by Sheriff staff based on need.
“Too many times, just getting from Point A to Point B represents a significant barrier for survivors of violence,” says Sheriff Dart. “This barrier often makes it difficult for them to access services and basic needs that can help them repair their lives. Supporting survivors with these vouchers will give these individuals a sense of freedom and assist them in moving forward.”
Julia Paige, Head of Global Social Impact at Uber, said, “We’re honored to partner with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in supporting survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence by donating $10,000 in Uber credits through our Access Fund. This program will help survivors relocate, travel to and from safe places, and get connected to practical support services to help find safety and rebuild their lives. We’re committed to doing our part to help our communities and are proud to support this impactful initiative.”