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 to Covenant House New York (CHNY) is funded under Purpose Area 1, Focus Area 2 which is designed to provide a comprehensive and integrated continuum of mental health care and related services, both directly and through referrals, to any male or female youth experiencing homelessness, who is a victim of sex and/or labor trafficking in New York City. CHNY seeks to implement core services, including intensive case management, evidence-based and trauma-informed therapeutic interventions, crisis shelter and transitional housing programming, medical and mental health services, education and vocational services, and more. CHNY proposes to continue using the Human Trafficking Interview and Assessment Measure (HTIAM-14) tool to identify and assist victims of trafficking. Additionally, CHNY will provide training and technical assistance to partner providers in the community to raise awareness around, and improve services to, human trafficking victims in New York City and beyond. CHNY will also receive external assistance from Covenant House International through action research and analysis, in order to assess project performance, identify areas for improvement, and provide direction. CA/NCF