Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $645,399)
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.
Ascent 121 provides evidence-based therapeutic and case management services, and is a partner in the Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (ITVAP). This project will expand capacity to provide hundreds of additional service hours that are presently unfunded, extending care for existing clients and giving access for 50+ clients each year who might otherwise be turned away. Clients come through self/family referral and by placement through the Indiana Department of Child Services or county probation offices. Ascent 121 is survivor-informed and survivor-engaged and accepts clients between ages 5 and 24. Ascent 121's continuum of care provides both residential and community-based options. Ascent 121 has successfully worked through cases involving extreme trauma, chronic runaways, multiple relapses, addictions, behavior challenges, bottoms, recruiters, transgender, disengaged families, and other challenging circumstances. CA/NCF