- Westchester County
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $437,910)
The International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA), in collaboration with the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS), Safe Harbour Program, Karana Rising and the Global Center on Human Trafficking at Montclair State University proposes to scale up a successful therapeutic program for girls who are survivors of, or at risk of, human trafficking to an evidence-based prevention and mentoring program. The goal of New Futures Prevention and Mentoring Program is to prevent and reduce victimization of girls throughout Westchester County who are vulnerable to sex trafficking. This program will focus on girls ages 12-18 years of age who are involved with the child welfare system and have a history of trauma, physical and/or sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, and/or sex trafficking. Objectives to be realized across Westchester County over a three-year period include: 1) Scale up a successful prevention and early intervention program for girls who are at risk of or are victims of human trafficking; 2) Increase support for girls who are at risk of or are victims of sex trafficking through participation in a survivor informed, evidenced-based mentoring program; 3) Increase efforts to identify marginalized and at-risk girls across Westchester County by increasing street outreach in the County’s 12 Qualified Opportunity Zones’ (QOZ); 4) Increase efforts to provide trauma-informed services for girls who are at-risk for or are victims of sex trafficking by expanding partnerships across County agencies and partners.