- Pasco County
- Pinellas County
- Hillsborough County
- Manatee County
- Sarasota County
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $700,000)
The purpose of the FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Program is to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, as amended, by enhancing interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and through the provision of high-quality, specialized services that address the individual needs to trafficking victims over a three year project period. Five priority areas of specialized services have been identified under this grant program: Housing Services; Economic and Leadership Empowerment and/or Education Services; Mental Health Services; Substance Abuse Services; and Legal Services.
Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc. will leverage various local, state, and federal resources for the provision of legal services for all victims of all forms of trafficking identified through this initiative within the greater Tampa Bay area, which includes Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties of the central gulf coast of Florida. In addition, the program will support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.