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Pikes Peak Anti-Trafficking Program

Award Information

Award #
2019-VT-BX-0089
Areas Served
Geographical Areas Served
  • El Paso County
  • Teller County
Indicates all geographic areas to which services are provided, excluding states. See States Served.
States Served
CO
Indicates all applicable states in which services are provided.
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2019
Total funding (to date)
$549,317

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $549,317)

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 direct services to victims of sex trafficking 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 under Purpose Area 1 to TESSA will identify trafficking victims, meet the nuances of human trafficking victims’ short-term and recovery needs, and train partner agencies in victim identification and intervention. TESSA will (1) collaborate with federal, state, and local law enforcement and human trafficking coalitions, local service providers, and community and faith-based organizations to create an action plan that a) identifies and prioritizes gaps and barriers to providing human trafficking victim services, b) establishes comprehensive response protocols to ensure that trafficking victims are identified and referred for evidence-based services; c) implements evidence-base services; and d) delineates research questions, programmatic assessment metrics and expected outcomes; (2) build on current training and public awareness activities to increase the community’s trafficking knowledge and response; (3) establish a distinctive internal Human Trafficking Program by hiring staff specifically trained and dedicated to assist these victims; (4) add a safehouse specifically for Human Trafficking victims; and (5) integrate training and policies to serve human trafficking victims across TESSA’s service continuum so all TESSA staff and services are accessible and available to these victims. CA/NCF
Date Created: September 30, 2019