Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $947,300)
The New Mexico Dream Center of Albuquerque proposes to implement the Developing a Continuum of Care for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking in New Mexico project with priority consideration of Priority A. The purpose is to create a continuum of care for minor victims of trafficking that will mitigate service gaps for both labor and sex trafficking victims, as well as remove barriers to access and opportunity for communities that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by inequality. Project activities include; 1. Developing a community-based resource continuum of care that provides awareness and education so that minor victims are not criminalized; 2. Strategically connect with minor victims of human trafficking by creating contact strategies within the community; 3. Provide direct services, appropriate referrals for services and service coordination for minor victims of human trafficking Expected outcomes include: 1. A community-based collaborative network that addresses the service needs of minor human trafficking victims including labor trafficking victims; 2. Increased identification and referrals to services of minor victims of labor and sex trafficking through the community-based collaborations; 3. Effective provision of trauma informed, victim centered, culturally humble and evidence-based services to labor trafficking and sex victims; 4. Support for families (bio or foster) who are caring for victims in their home; 5. Regular program evaluation and assessments. Minor labor and sex trafficking victims are the intended beneficiaries of the project. The NM Dream Center requested priority consideration under 1A.