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Counseling Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Areas Served
Geographical Areas Served
  • Schenectady County
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.
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $252,576)

To meet the identified services gaps that include counseling, case management, and housing for non-youth victims, YWCA NorthEastern NY (YWCA NENY) will build their organizational capacity to provide comprehensive support services to victims of human trafficking throughout upstate New York’s Greater Capital Region. The project will provide training to existing victim services staff at YWCA NENY so that YWCA NENY’s support services for victims of domestic violence and homelessness can also accommodate trafficking victims. YWCA NENY will also hire a Human Trafficking Counselor that can fill the county’s service gaps for dedicated long-term case management and counseling for non-youth victims. The Human Trafficking Counselor will offer training to community agencies to ensure that trafficking victims in the Capital Region are properly identified and referred to the appropriate services. The Human Trafficking Counselor will also provide managed referrals to (1) internal YWCA NENY services including economic empowerment coaching, counseling, support groups, domestic violence advocacy, and affordable housing; and (2) services from various community partners offering medical and legal services as well as youth-specific shelter. By implementing a comprehensive service provision plan for trafficking victims, YWCA NENY will create new avenues for the many sex and labor trafficking victims in the Capital Region to receive trauma-informed services that help them achieve increased safety, independence, self-sufficiency, and well-being.

Date Created: September 27, 2022