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Girls In Justice - Preventing the Trafficking of North Dakota's Girls

Award Information

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Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Areas Served
States Served
Indicates all applicable states in which services are provided.
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $499,527)

Youthworks, a non-profit agency with 36 years of experience
providing youth services in North Dakota (ND), will
implement a gender-responsive and community-based
prevention program for female-identified youth who have risk
factors that increase their vulnerability to human trafficking.
Program staff includes a Youth Engagement Specialist with
lived experience, part-time youth mentors, a family
interventionist, and a Youth Navigator. The proposed project,
Through modeling, psychoeducation, self-exploration and
youth action, youth are supported in exploring their identities,
the impact of adverse experiences and relationships, and their
belief systems. Girls in Justice program will have three tiers of
service: Community outreach and Youth Navigation, youth
Empowerment, and Family Support. Project activities include
coordination of multi-Disciplinary response teams, outreach
and training by the Youth Navigator and Youth Engagement
Specialist, engaging, identifying, and serving girls with
identified vulnerabilities, community-based activities and
mentoring, formal groups for youth, screening for trafficking,
and family intervention. Expected outcomes included
coordinated community responses for vulnerable girls,
empowerment of youth so that the risk of trafficking is
diminished, and parent’s ability to engage with and protect
their girls strengthened. Youth who are female identified,
between the ages of 11-18, who are vulnerable to human
trafficking and their families are the intended beneficiaries of
this project. There are no subrecipient activities included.

Date Created: September 14, 2023