Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $439,991)
Hope for Justice’s Training, Outreach and Advocacy will contribute to the increased safety, wellbeing, and self-sufficiency of people experiencing labor and other forms of trafficking in underserved, vulnerable young adult populations in Middle Tennessee. Project activities will include training, outreach, and victim advocacy. Hope for Justice will provide basic training for first responders, service providers, and community stakeholders on victim identification, and all forms of trafficking through a bespoke Learning Management System. Additionally, they will provide higher-level training on specialized topics including Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training. The victim advocacy program will address emergency supportive services for survivors who recently severed from the exploitation. Personal advocacy will be offered for survivors to ensure they can access their entitlements and public service and exercise their rights (including access to justice, life skills training, mentoring, and family reunification support).