Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $777,693)
The United Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS, Inc. (UMOS), through its Latina Resource Center (LRC), will continue operating and strengthen its Wisconsin Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Program (WRAP) to provide services to victims of human trafficking in the following16 East/East Central Wisconsin counties: Brown, Dodge, Fond Du Lac, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Marathon, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Portage, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, and Waushara. UMOS will engage four formal partners and several informal partners which include housing, legal, and health service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, state agencies, and community/faith-based organizations that operate in the target region. This project will promote racial equity and barrier removal for the following historically underserved, marginalized and adversely affected communities that UMOS will target: Migrant workers who are guest workers under the H-2A and H-2B visa programs, undocumented workers, Hispanics, and limited English speakers. The WRAP’s primary activities include increasing and providing comprehensive, direct services to victims and raising awareness about human trafficking in Wisconsin, with emphasis on labor trafficking. Over the 3-year grant period, UMOS intends to conduct 80 outreach events to underserved communities; reach 600 potential and/or confirmed victims; provide services to more than 100 victims; conduct 36 trainings to partners; and train 260 professionals on how to identify/screen victims and how/where to access comprehensive services for victims, including food, household essentials, transportation, emergency lodging/shelter, legal services, emotional support, and health services. Expected outcomes include heightened awareness of the human trafficking problem in Wisconsin, especially around labor trafficking, among law enforcement, state/local agencies, and service provider organizations; a stronger response to human trafficking that fosters victim empowerment to accessing and receiving services; increased provider capacity and coordination to provide comprehensive services to victims by removing barriers to access due to inequality and discrimination; and improved access to culturally responsive services as victims transition to safety, independence, and self-sufficiency.