Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $600,000)
The U.S. Department of Justices Office for Victims of Crime funds the largest portfolio of anti-human trafficking programs in the United States. Through the FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation, OVC seeks to support innovative ideas to enhance identification of and services for victims in order to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving anti-trafficking field, and to best serve victims of human trafficking. Projects supported through this solicitation will focus on one of two purpose areas: (1) increase the availability of evidence-based and trauma-informed mental health and substance abuse services for victims of human trafficking, and (2) address barriers in identifying and assisting labor trafficking victims.
With this award, the Metropolitan Family Services will address three main goals: 1) identifying worksites that are staffed by workers brought in on guest worker visas, 2) engaging in effective direct outreach to workers vulnerable to labor trafficking, and 3) expanding capacity in Illinois to identify and work with victims of labor trafficking. CA/NCF