Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $392,000)
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Human Trafficking Fellowship applicant, Jane E. Thorson, proposes to conduct the research project, Amplifying Evidence-based Approaches to Provision of Services for Individual Impacted by Human Trafficking. The purpose is to understand the current environment of anti--trafficking service program models and identify unique approaches to victim services by OVC funded anti-trafficking grantees, detailing those approaches that show promise in meeting the needs of trafficking victims and identifying those which are evidence-based or evidence-informed. Project activities include completing a literature review of current service provision programs used by OVC grantees, conducting a two year landscape analysis gathering practice based evidence and producing an technical report detailing how the service provision program models impact those they are designed to serve and their implication on OVC programs and policies. Expected outcomes include the development of an information matrix analyzing existing OVC funded anti-trafficking service programs based on categories connected to service provision, populations serviced, outcomes, connection to other social service fields: a technical report detailing evidence-based or evidence-informed approaches and identifying those approaches that are most promising in meeting the needs of trafficking victims., and participant outcomes; and a final technical report and summary detailing evidence-based or evidenced-informed approaches identifying those that are most promising in meeting the needs of trafficking victims and analyzing how they impact OVC policies and protocols. The OVC, OVC anti-trafficking grantees, anti-trafficking focused service providers, practitioners, government entities and trafficking victims are the intended beneficiaries of the project.