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Alternatives For Girls EmpowHer Human Trafficking Early Intervention Program

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Areas Served
Geographical Areas Served
  • Detroit
  • Hamtramck
  • Highland Park
Indicates all geographic areas to which services are provided, excluding states. See States Served.
States Served
Indicates all applicable states in which services are provided.
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $500,000)

Alternatives For Girls (AFG) Safe Choices-New Choices program will build on existing prevention and early intervention programs to prevent and reduce the victimization of girls who are vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation.

Over 36-months, AFG will target 135 girls ages 14-18 years  at risk of or who are victims of sex trafficking in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park, Michigan (the Detroit Continuum of Care) by:

Replicating an evidence-based trauma-informed, culturally honoring LeadHer youth prevention curriculum
Enhancing LeadHer with a 5 hour additional human trafficking module that in combination makes an 35 hour curriculum called LeadHer-HT designed to promote girls' protective factors and decrease their risk for victimization.
Increasing identification of victims and engagement in supportive services by conducting community outreach and education using LeadHer internally and with community partners, including school, youth-serving human services, faith-based and juvenile justice settings.
Coordinating seamless information and referral for intensive services for 90 identified victims over 36-months; and
Conducting a modified utilization-focused evaluation focused on formative assessment of AFG's LeadHer curriculum as an early intervention tool.

Date Created: September 27, 2022