Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $439,998)
The International Rescue Committee, Inc. in San Jose (IRC) will develop the capacity to serve human trafficking victims, including foreign-born and domestic, sex, and labor, male, female, and LGBTQ adult victims, throughout the South Bay Area, including Monterey County, San Benito County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, and San Mateo County. This project will enable IRC San Jose to create a robust anti-trafficking program, which includes outreach and training to the South Bay community and providing 30 survivors of trafficking with comprehensive case management services. Victims will have access to essential services that promote well-being and support engagement in the proposed South Bay Anti-Trafficking Awareness, Freedom, and Education program (SAAFE) project. Supportive services include but are not limited to basic needs and sustenance, employment support services, job training, mental health, medical care, legal services, and community integration. The IRC will hold 11 trainings for local partners and service providers to aid with victim identification and referral and conduct 36 public awareness and outreach events. Through these trainings and events, IRC will develop 12 new partnerships to meet victims' service needs and ensure trafficking victims are properly identified and referred to appropriate support services.