Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $1,000,000)
The purpose of this award, funded under the 2019 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development, is three-fold: to enhance the quality of services available to assist victims of human trafficking by providing specialized training and technical assistance (TTA) to legal and social service providers, community organizations, and other stakeholders; to develop resources that commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victim Protection Act (TVPA) to raise public awareness, promote community outreach, and create educational activities around the country to address human trafficking; and, to develop a key resource to improve the response to victims of human trafficking wherever they are identified.
International Rescue Committee (IRC) will provide efficient and streamlined technical assistance and training (TTA) that ensures consistency and quality of evidence-based TA design and provision to increase the quantity and quality of services offered to trafficking victims nationwide. The IRCs project will address gaps in knowledge, skills, and behaviors related to labor trafficking by identifying high-priority needs among social service providers, state and local regulators, and other community stakeholders. IRCs capacity building efforts include information sharing on emerging, promising, and effective practices through creating and maintaining a labor trafficking TTA website and clearinghouse, producing and disseminating new written and eLearning resources, and in person and remote skills-building and training. The IRC will engage in initial and ongoing needs assessment to enable a flexible response to emergent needs. At project start, IRC will build upon the preliminary assessment of gaps in knowledge, skills, and behaviors related to labor trafficking among service providers and other community stakeholders done to inform this proposal by completing an initial national-level needs assessment to identify high-priority needs among social service providers, state and local regulators, and other community stakeholders. Additionally, IRC will continue to assess needs on an ongoing basis through: monthly consultations with OVC; monthly analysis of project monitoring data from TA consultation and training activities (which include identifying capacity building needs) and website/resource library usage; and monthly analysis of TA request trends. Adjustments to the training plan will be made based on received feedback. Finally, IRC will conduct annual project reviews, consisting of widely distributed surveys, interviews with community stakeholders and OVC, and project data analysis, from which subsequent yearly training plans will be derived. CA/NCF.