Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $900,000)
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.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) will use this award to partner with members of the Mississippi Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking. MSDH will enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist all victims of human trafficking so that they can achieve their goals, which may include independence and self-sufficiency and an increased feeling of safety and well-being. Funding will support the development and implementation of targeted outreach campaigns, a trauma-informed screening processes, operational protocols, a coordinated/communitywide approach, an increase in the number of service providers, training, and improvement of data collection on the issue of human trafficking. This project will operate throughout the state of Mississippi.