Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $439,995)
The Church World Services (CWS) North California (NorCal) provides comprehensive services to young adult survivors of human trafficking from vulnerable refugee and unaccompanied minor populations. Services are accessible throughout northern California including Napa, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Sacramento, El Dorado, Amador, Sutter, Nevada, Yuba, Yolo, Lake, Mendocino, Glenn, Butte, Plumas, Tehama, Lassen, Shasta, Trinity, Humboldt, Modoc, Siskiyou, and Del Norte. In partnership with OVC technical assistance, CWS NorCal will improve its capacities for labor trafficking identification and comprehensive service provision. Additionally, through a collaborative effort, CWS and survivors will develop service delivery goals within the sectors of shelter, mental health and medical care, government services, transportation, safety planning, and other primary supports. CWS will leverage its existing immigration legal staff to provide Know Your Rights orientations and immigration legal assistance to participants. CWS NorCal community partners include Eden United Church of Christ, assisting with emergency housing and basic needs, Jenna McKaye Foundation, a survivor-led organization supporting clients with talk therapy, horse therapy and consultations, and First Church Berkley, providing mental health support and addressing issues of gender inclusion.