- Maricopa County
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $649,659)
The International Rescue Committee in Phoenix, Arizona (IRC PHX) proposes to strengthen community capacity and provide high quality direct services for minor victims of labor trafficking, whose victimization occurred when they were under the age of 18 in Maricopa County, Arizona. The IRC PHX anti-trafficking programming has a history of promoting racial equity while removing barriers to services and providing opportunities for populations that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by inequality. The IRC PHX primarily serves foreign born trafficking victims, but through this project will serve both domestic and foreign victims of labor trafficking. This project will provide greater access to services for underserved and historically marginalized populations including youth who are homeless or runaway, LGBTQIA+, disconnected, part of a racial minority, second-generation immigrants, native, or children of survivors of trafficking. This project will also address barriers including lack of services in general, lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate services and lack of services that factor in the understanding and needs of services for minor survivors. The goal of services is to achieve increased safety, independence, self-sufficiency, and well-being for minor victims of labor trafficking. The following objectives will be met over a 36- month period. 1) Provide services to meet the individualized needs of minor victims of labor trafficking; 2) Collaborate with and train local partners to ensure minor victims of labor trafficking are properly identified and referred for appropriate services; 3) Provide assistance or referrals to other essential services for minor victims of labor trafficking; and 4) Collect data and participate in assessment activities to determine if the program is meeting the stated goals and objectives.