Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $500,000)
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. Cocoon House will support an expansion of services for labor and sex trafficked youth within Snohomish County, Washington, a large county with a population over 800,000. Under this project, Cocoon House will increase staffing to add an additional Human Trafficking Advocate and a Program Coordinator. Cocoon House will provide ongoing services to at least 100 trafficked/at-risk youth a year and offer individualized case management and supported connections to other resources. The organization utilizes evidence- and strengths-based programming that is youth-directed and trauma-informed. With increased staffing, Cocoon House will be better able to conduct outreach, recognize and respond to victims, and create a coordinated community response while compiling useful data that will demonstrate the need for and efficacy of services.