- South Florida
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $799,949)
The International Rescue Committee in Miami (IRC) has been providing services to victims of human trafficking since 2003. IRC provides comprehensive case-management to victims and leads the fight against human trafficking in South Florida through leading, in partnership with community partners, the South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force (SFHTTF). Since the establishment of IRC’s anti-trafficking program in Miami, 594 victims of human trafficking have been served, primarily in the South Florida tri-county area: Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties in Florida. In FY 2018, DOJ awarded the Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking (ECM) three-year grant to the IRC and Miami-Dade Police Department (MPD) to spearhead a taskforce that has since recruited over 400 community members. The SFHTTF is a critical component to the overarching strategy to create community awareness that supports the IRC’s efforts to identify and provide comprehensive, trauma-informed services to victims of human trafficking in South Florida. DOJ/OVC grants have been instrumental in combating human trafficking in South Florida.
To ensure service continuation to victims and address rising challenges, IRC proposes to enhance its human trafficking program through the following objectives: (1) provide comprehensive services to 75 victims of human trafficking; (2) refer to and/or coordinate legal assistance for at least 24 foreign-born victims eligible for T-Visas or other forms of immigration; (3) complete final assessments and individualized action plans for 75 clients upon exiting the program; (4) establish nine new agency partnerships; (5) further develop and document comprehensive response protocols for the identification and referral of survivors; (6) conduct 18 trainings which reach 250 individuals; (7) provide technical assistance to 45 individuals in the referral network and/or at partner agencies; (8) conduct data collection, outcomes tracking, and internal data analysis to assess program effectiveness and improve the quality of programming and services; and (9) recruit two to three survivor consultants to engage in quarterly consultations to provide program feedback.