The primary goal of the FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for All Forms of Victims of Human Trafficking Program is to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, as amended. The Program provides funding to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services for victims of human trafficking. Funding also supports 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.
With this award, the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc., (Catholic Charities) will expand and enhance direct services for survivors of all forms of human trafficking. As a current provider of survivor services, Catholic Charities has a demonstrated history of effectiveness in providing direct services to human trafficking victims. Furthermore, as one of the most comprehensive social services agencies in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, Catholic Charities offers expertise in supporting vulnerable individuals and families. Catholic Charities will leverage this experience and expertise to serve the target population of sex and labor trafficking victims from a variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual assault, and runaway and homeless youth. The projects overarching goal is to increase the quality and quantity of services available to survivors of sex and labor trafficking in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Over the 3-year project period, Catholic Charities will increase capacity in the areas of staffing, substance use disorder treatment services, stable housing solutions, and data collection and evaluation, in order to empower trafficking survivors to attain safety and stability, increase independence, and achieve personal goals for long-term self-sufficiency.
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