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 Refugee Services of Texas, Inc., (RST) is funded under Purpose Area 1, Focus Area 2 which is designed to implement a collaborative and comprehensive service model to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking. The proposed initiative, entitled Survivor of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP), will serve all victims of human trafficking in Central Texas. The STEP goal is to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to human trafficking victims of Bell, Hays, McLennan, Travis, and Williamson Counties. To accomplish this goal, the program will be implemented in alignment with the following objectives: 1) provide high quality case management services that address the victims individualized needs; and 2) enhance interagency agency collaboration and coordinated response in Central Texas. CA/NCF