- New York City
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $950,000)
The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC) will create an autonomous program for youth victims of human trafficking, promoting racial equity and the removal of barriers to access and opportunity, serving underserved youth survivors of human trafficking to address identified barriers and gaps in medical, mental health, housing, career development, and legal services. MSAHC will provide comprehensive health care services including primary, mental / behavioral, sexual and reproductive, and optical care to 100 survivors of human trafficking each year of the grant. Additionally, MSAHC will utilize its established connections with Covenant House NY, STRIVE, and Sanctuary for Families to provide survivors with stable housing, career development, and comprehensive legal services, respectively. All services are to be provided free of charge and created within the frameworks of racial, social, economic, and sexual and reproductive justice to help achieve health equity and autonomy. The beneficiaries of this proposal will have accessible, high quality, integrated services, enabling them to heal, build resiliency, and reach their full potential. This program uses an approach to care empowering survivors to understand their own health care decisions and supportive service options, in so doing becoming advocates for not only themselves, but for others within their communities.