Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $801,817)
The purpose of this award, funded under the Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Program, is to improve outcomes for children and youth who are victims of human trafficking by integrating human trafficking policy and programming at the state or tribal level and enhancing coordinated, multidisciplinary, and statewide approaches to serving trafficked youth.
The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, in partnership with the New Mexico Dream Center will work towards improving outcomes by focusing on four top issues: 1) lack of accessible resources for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking; 2) no specialized shelter or residential services for trafficked minors; 3) no coordinated response when trafficked minors are identified; and.4) no reliable data collection. The program will leverage existing resources/services and develop new components in order to fill in the gaps and/or overcome the barriers. NMDC, along with key partners, will develop protocols and procedures to ensure child and youth victims receive appropriate services, including developmentally, age-appropriate, and/or linguistically tailored referrals and/or services; and strengthening data collection across multiple systems of care that work with and provide services to youth. CA/NCF