Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $839,055)
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.
Samaritan House, Inc., addresses growing trafficking concerns in Virginia's Hampton Roads area. Samaritan House has formed multiple community partnerships and has several Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) in place with agencies that work within the empowerment model and are trauma-informed and/or provide specialized services for trafficked persons. Samaritan Houses four-phased program helps to address immediate needs and plan for mid- and long-term goals in a manageable and comprehensive way. Samaritan House is coordinating its activities with the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Taskforce and works in partnership with the Virginia Office of the Attorney General.