Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $950,000)
Womankind will provide comprehensive, holistic services to 250+ survivors of human trafficking (both labor and sex), with a focus on increasing meaningful access to services. The program will serve survivors from NYC’s five boroughs, with the highest concentrations being in Queens, followed by lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Pan-Asian immigrants will be prioritized, but services will be provided to all survivors of human trafficking in need of assistance. Overall program objectives are to: 1) provide safety and access to services for victims of human trafficking, 2) create an individualized pathway toward self-sufficiency that is sustainable, 3) increase survivors of trafficking ability to navigate resources and, 4) to advocate for and uplift the voices of survivors of trafficking accounting for the intersectional and culturally nuanced needs and voices of the community. Expected outcomes include increased awareness around how trafficking has impacted them, their families and communities, and developed coping mechanisms to navigate daily life independently; increased access and eventually mastery in navigating resources and systems; ability to build peer relationships and community that are supportive and healing; ability to find a safe and sustainable work; progress on the reunification process and be able to navigate adjustment (reestablishing of bond, housing stability, increasing earnings, adapting to the new environment); as well as systemic outcomes including progress toward demystifying the stigmas related to trafficking and labor exploitation; policy and legislative changes that account for the needs of immigrant survivors of trafficking (in the areas of workers’ rights, immigrants’ resources, benefits, and better working situations); and, increases in equitable workplace and work cultures.