- Washington, D.C.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $490,749)
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. FAIR Girls will continue to provide girls and young women with safe housing, client-centered, trauma-informed direct services, and the lifeskills they need to transition from victim to survivor, in pursuit of their mission to end human trafficking, one life at a time. FAIR Girls has been able to make great strides in identifying and helping close "on-ramps" into exploitation and trafficking faced by vulnerable youth through their prevention education curriculum and community outreach and training programs, while increasing access to "exit-ramps" for minor victims of commercial sexual exploitation by providing age-appropriate, specialized direct services, advocacy and support to youth that seek to leave their trafficking situation for a brighter future. This project will continue to support The HOPE Court program, to amplify the voice of these minor victims of trafficking and commercially sexual exploitation in the District of Columbia, providing invaluable insight regarding the youths goals, needs, and challenges. Each HOPE Court youth receives personalized short- and long-term mentoring, case management, court advocacy, crisis counseling, psychoeducation, medical/mental health referrals, emotional support, and safety planning.