Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $800,000)
Metropolitan Family Services (MFS), through its Legal Aid Society (LAS), will provide holistic trauma-informed legal services and social services for survivors of human trafficking. LAS has the following objectives to achieve under this award: 1.) provide comprehensive legal services using victim-centered and trauma-informed service delivery for all victims of human trafficking; 2.) work in collaboration with and train federal, state, and local law enforcement and local service providers to ensure trafficking victims are identified and referred for appropriate services; 3.) assist with or refer clients to other essential services for victims of human trafficking; and 4.) conduct data collection and action research activities to determine if the program is meeting stated goals and objectives. LAS, as a program of the larger Metropolitan Family Services, provides a trauma-informed, holistic approach offering crisis intervention, case management and victim services. This structure of a multi-service agency allows LAS to integrate social services, supportive service access, address barriers to self-sufficiency and recovery, and provide legal service all with a trauma-informed lens.