Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $533,204)
Under the FY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Trafficking program, all grantees are required to serve all minor victims (boys and girls under age 18) of all forms of human trafficking (sex and labor). The grantee will work with OVC Program Managers and Training and Technical Assistance Providers to ensure all victims are served. Through the MVHT program, RIC-AAU will strengthen and expand trauma-informed and client-centered services to minor victims of human trafficking regardless of their country of origin or sex. RIC-AAU will serve 75 children and youth under the age of 18 through case management and connection to wraparound services, and it will reach 100 high at-risk minors through prevention/psychoeducational groups offered throughout the community. The goals of the MVHT program are to provide minor victims of human trafficking access to effective, tailored case management and wraparound services to support their recovery and healing and to identify minor victims of all types of human trafficking through coordinated training, public awareness, and outreach efforts. These two goals will be achieved through four objectives: 1) Expand access to victim-centered, trauma-informed case management to 75 minor victims of human trafficking following a strength-based approach; 2) Engagement in wraparound services through a combination of in-house programs and collaborating partners; 3) Partnership expansion to assure access to a wide range of services, increase community awareness, and strengthen Utahs capacity to sustainability respond to human trafficking; and 4) Community capacity building through outreach to high at-risk youth populations and raising community awareness. Program participants will be supported by highly trained staff with extensive experience in working with youth who have experienced trauma, suffer from substance abuse issues, and have history of running away, and who are skilled in fostering resiliency, self-worth, and empowerment.