Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,500,000)
The Oregon Department of Justice, Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division (CVSSD) responds to the FY 2022 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking grant solicitation requesting $1,500,000 of federal funding. They will match this funding with $375,875.56 for a total project amount of $1,875,875.56.
The goal of the project is to develop a statewide strategy to improve outcomes for child/youth victims of sex and labor trafficking by increasing training, coordination, and multidisciplinary collaboration across systems in Oregon.
There are four primary activities for the project:
provide training to professionals across the state
increase awareness of labor trafficking
strengthen data collection across multiple systems of care that work with and provide services to youth
strengthen activities by engaging in research to improve project activities
Training is a large component of the project using a Train-the-Trainer model to train professionals to educate communities on human trafficking. The workshop series will prepare professionals to deliver the curriculum, in turn increasing the understanding of human trafficking in Oregon.
The project includes working with three anti-human trafficking task forces to develop a response protocol. Each task force will implement the response protocol to use when a victim of human trafficking is identified. The response protocol will increase collaboration across systems, improving the response to child/youth victims of human trafficking and increasing victim identification.
Regional law enforcement trainings will be held to increase awareness and understanding of human trafficking. Law enforcement will report increased criminal investigations after attending the training.
CVSSD’s Trafficking Response and Intervention Program (T.R.I.P.) team will partner with Prevention Now to conduct a Human Trafficking Data Needs Assessment. The assessment will provide an understanding of data collected in the state, barriers to data collection and recommendations to inform standardized data collection in Oregon.
The T.R.I.P. team will also partner with Portland State University (PSU) to evaluate project activities with a goal of improvement.
Lived experience experts will be involved in all activities of the project. The experts will assist with the development and delivery of training, consult with the needs assessment, and work with PSU to evaluate their involvement in the project.
This is a statewide project to benefit child/youth human trafficking victims in Oregon. The training locations will vary depending on the local need and resources.