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Providing Comprehensive Services to Victims of Human Trafficking in Southwest Florida

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $947,340)

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. (CCDOV) will provide comprehensive case management services for survivors of human trafficking throughout nine counties in Southwest Florida. These counties include Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Lee, Manatee, and Sarasota. The main goals of the Anti-Human Trafficking Program are to provide intensive case management services to all survivors of Human Trafficking within the nine counties, enhance collaborative efforts between key stakeholders and partners throughout Southwest Florida to best address the needs of human trafficking survivors, and to promote racial equity and the removal of barriers for historically marginalized communities such as farmworkers and Hispanics. The objectives are to assist all identified survivors of human trafficking within the CCDOV service area; to increase the identification of human trafficking victims and to attend all human trafficking related events within the service area to further enhance collaborative efforts. Using evidenced based models, best practices, and SMART goals, CCDOV’s Anti-Human Trafficking Team will assist a minimum of 75 human trafficking survivors per year. The AHTP team will also attend all meetings of the Southwest Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Task Force each year.

Date Created: September 27, 2022