The goal of the FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking Program is to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, as amended. Funding through this program supports specialized services to victims of sex and labor trafficking, as well as for efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities over a three-year project period.
This award made to Legal Aid Cincinnati is funded under Purpose Area 2 to continue and build upon its work providing legal services to victims of human trafficking. Legal Aid will expand its responsiveness and expertise by creating a team of three attorneys to address victims needs and reach further into rural communities and neighborhoods with concentrations of foreign nationals. Legal Aid will work to strengthen existing partnerships and develop stronger, more effective collaborations with law enforcement, local service providers, and community-based organizations, including those from cultural, ethnic, and religious communities, to increase victim identification and improve victim access to Legal Aids services. The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati serves seven counties in the Southwest corner of Ohio. The area includes the cities of Cincinnati and Hamilton, numerous suburban areas with a wide range of income levels, and four counties that are largely rural. CA/NCF