Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $900,000)
Reducing obstacles that have prevented survivors and marginalized communities ̶ particularly BIPOC and gender-minority survivors ̶ from accessing quality education and sustainable employment opportunities will not only help survivors of trafficking recover from harm, but also prevent future exploitation by addressing the economic conditions that increase vulnerability to violence, abuse, and exploitation.
FUTURES’ Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking Project (PEOST), would address these obstacles by drawing from evidence-based models within the domestic violence, anti-poverty, and youth development fields to identify and lift up best practices to develop programming that responds to the unique challenges survivors of trafficking encounter.
PEOST would implement the following activities to support human trafficking service providers and allied organizations in the human services and workforce development fields:
Peer Economic Empowerment Learning Collaborative
Partnering to Open Economic Pathways Institute
Survivor-Led Employment Success Program
National Webinars & Technical Assistance Calls
Targeted Technical Assistance
As a result of this project, PEOST anticipates increased partnerships between and among victim service providers, local workforce development programs, and educational institutions; greater capacity among victim service providers and workforce development programs to promote access to quality employment opportunities for survivors of trafficking; and, expanded economic empowerment programs that support resilience and prepare survivors of trafficking for success when pursuing their education, training, and employment goals.