Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $600,000)
The International Rescue Committee, Inc. in Oakland (IRC) will provide specialized education and employment services to foreign-national survivors of all forms of human trafficking, including sex and labor, male, female, and LGBTQ victims throughout Alameda County, CA. The IRC in Oakland plans to promote racial equity and center communities that have been historically marginalized and underserved. OVC funding will enable the IRC in Oakland to create the Specialized Education and Employment (SEE) Program, which will equip foreign-national victims of all forms of trafficking with the skills and resources they need to pursue their educational and employment goals, in order to build towards financial security and an autonomous future. The SEE program will be grounded in trauma-informed principles, will provide direct and highly specialized services to 84 victims through the grant period, as well as increase local community knowledge on identification and strengthen the existing referral network. Primary Activities include: (a) Education Services – including Vocational English as a Second Language (ESL), Job Readiness Training, Workplace Rights and Protections, and Financial Education and Coaching; (b) Employment Services – including referrals to job training, employment search assistance, application, resume, and interview prep, job placement, and post-placement support; (c) Training and Professional Development for partners and project staff, and participation in regular quarterly meetings of several different local collaboratives, task forces, and coalitions focused on serving foreign-born populations; and (d) Data Collection and Project Evaluation.