- Greater New Haven
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $493,224)
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. Youth Continuum (YC) will implement the New Haven Partnership for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking (MVHT) project to serve male, female, and gender nonconforming youth under age 18 at program entry who are victims of human trafficking or at-risk for being trafficked. The project will provide emergency assistance to 3540 MVHT, with 30 of those victims accessing more intensive case management, shelter/safe housing, and trauma-informed wraparound services. Over the 3-year period, the Partnership will provide comprehensive services to 90100 MVHT. Greater New Haven an urban area in southeastern Connecticut (population 500,000) sits at the nexus of two major interstate highways that form a corridor between New York City (70 miles west by train), and Boston (150 miles north). Project partners will expand, improve, promote, and deliver an array of developmentally and culturally appropriate wraparound services to MVHT and their families, with the overarching purpose of supporting victims safety, recovery, and healing. The partners will work in tandem to seek out and connect with MVHT, providing them with 24/7 access and transportation to stable, safe shelter and transitional housing; gateway services (basic needs/safety planning); screening and assessment; coordinated case management; medical, dental, and mental health care; continuum service linkages; family counseling/reunification; prevention and treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues; access to educational, vocational, and service learning projects; and followup support.