Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,200,000)
The International Rescue Committee, Inc in Phoenix (IRC Phoenix) will provide housing services to foreign born and US Citizen victims of trafficking throughout Maricopa County, with a focus on the Phoenix Metro Area. The IRC Phoenix’s Anti-Trafficking Program has a history of promoting racial equity, removing barriers to services, and providing opportunities for populations that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by inequality. This project will also address lack of services in general, lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate services, and lack of services that factor in the understanding and needs of services for survivors, especially foreign national survivors, and labor trafficking survivors. The IRC Anti-Trafficking Program will operate a specialized Housing Program for trafficking victims in partnership with local service provider partners (Phoenix Dream Center (PDC), A New Leaf (ANL), New Life Center (NLC),Chrysalis Shelter, Sojourner Center, and others) that will implement collaborative, coordinated, and comprehensive activities to provide trafficking survivors with safe, stable housing and appropriate trauma-informed, victim-centered, and culturally responsive services in Maricopa County. The project will serve 45 survivors of human trafficking and their households across the 36-month grant period for a minimum of 3 months and maximum of 12 months (unless they want extended services beyond 12 months) and will target underserved communities including labor trafficking survivors and foreign national survivors. Housing interventions will be available to all trafficking survivors but will specifically focus on addressing the gap in housing services for labor trafficking, male, LGBTQ, and foreign-national survivors. The Housing Navigator will work with survivors to get connected to stable and safe housing placements, offer advocacy services in connection to housing needs and additional support.