Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $950,000)
San Diego Youth Services (SDYS), a 501(c)3 youth services organization founded in 1970 serving human trafficking victims/survivors in San Diego since 2002, proposes a continuum of developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, culturally and gender-responsive services that address the individual needs of minor human trafficking victims/survivors under age 18 and fills gaps in supports in the community and agency. The purpose of the project is to offer developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive, victim-centered, gender-responsive, strengths-based, and trauma-informed peer-based and behavioral health services and to increase the capacity of the community to meet the individual needs of both sex and labor trafficking victims/survivors under age 18 of all races, ethnicities, national origins, sexual orientations, and gender identities to support their increased safety, security, and healing. Expected outcomes of activities include increased access to trauma-informed, culturally responsive, developmentally appropriate services, improved identification of and knowledge of labor trafficking, improved response and accessibility for male-identified victims/survivors, and improvements in equitable outcomes across population subgroups. SDYS seeks Priority A consideration with diversity, equity, and inclusion activities and program analysis specific to Latina/o/x, Black/African American, immigrant/refugee, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ populations.