Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $950,000)
The goal of the proposed program is to expand emergency response (ER) services to survivors of human trafficking in Los Angeles County in California by: delivering ER hotline services by handling at least 6,000 hotline calls and responding as needed; and providing emergency victim services to at least 180 patients in health care settings; as well as working in collaboration with and training federal, state, and local law enforcement, local service providers (including hospitals), and community- and faith-based organizations to ensure trafficking victims are identified and referred for appropriate services; and referring victims to other essential services. Services to be delivered include Client Coordination, Safety and Wellbeing, Material Assistance, Reunification and Repatriation; housing assistance; health-related services; education/employment assistance; support services; advocacy and legal assistance. Cast has profound experience working with diverse populations of trafficking victims, promoting racial equity, and contributing to greater access to services for communities that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by inequality. Cast also offers extensive training to its staff on delivering services with the goal of racial equity and builds partnerships with grassroots organizations in communities of color to increase the rate of victim identification among them.