- Suffolk County
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $954,775)
Grant funds will reinforce and support the expansion of trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate services currently offered for minor victims of sex trafficking by EAC Safe Harbour and the Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center (CAC). Through the development of Safe Harbour’s PATH (Providing Assistance Towards Healing) program, within the CAC, the primary goal of Safe Harbour PATH will be to strengthen and provide additional services, promoting the safety and well-being for minor victims and youth at-risk of sex trafficking, through service delivery of trauma informed supports. During the 3-year contract period, Safe Harbour PATH, will deliver the following: 1. Provide trauma-informed, case management support services to 150 Suffolk County youth, providing assistance and/or referrals to other essential services- all to meet the individualized needs of minor victims of sex trafficking and youth at-risk of sex trafficking. 2. Expand and strengthen the Safe Harbour program, providing trauma informed counseling/therapy to 60 minor victims trafficking by utilizing and promoting a holistic, victim-informed approach to service delivery. 3. Development of Community Education program and delivery of 18 targeted trainings, to collaborate with and train local partners, service providers, local school districts, DSS/ Child Welfare staff, criminal justice professionals, community- and faith-based organizations. Training will be to ensure minor victims of sex trafficking are properly identified and referred for appropriate services. Community Educator and Safe Harbour PATH will prepare and distribute awareness materials to assist with the identification and awareness of resources available in Suffolk County. 4. Collection of data and participation in assessment activities to determine if the program is meeting stated goals and objectives. The targeted geographic area to be served is Suffolk, New York with a focus in six communities where the majority of trafficking victims reside and where the poverty rates are higher than the county average, such communities are more vulnerable to human trafficking. Funds will support language access services to ensure that all victims are able to receive effective services as well. Deliverables include printed materials and program brochures which will be disseminated to the courts and community partners. OVC will be credited as supporting efforts of the program. Performance measures, project goals and objects will be tracked utilizing a variety of evidenced based tools, OVC performance progress reports, training pre/post tests, self-administered assessments, client satisfaction surveys and client demographic intake forms.