Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $750,000)
The goal of the FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Programs 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 toCovenant House Of Alaska is funded underFY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking which is designed to Covenant House of Alaska will expand and enhance victim-centered service programs for victims of human trafficking, including trauma-informed services (e.g., health, mental health, primary care, substance abuse treatment, benefits, employment, education engagement, vocational training, transportation, stable housing, and childcare assistance). This funding will ensure that within 24 hours, the trafficking victim will receive: a safety assessment and plan, food, clothing, shelter, medical care, advocacy, legal help, and translation and interpretation, as needed. Over the next few days, staff will begin the intake process for a comprehensive assessment of the individuals needs, and will create victim-centered, flexible, individualized service plans that consider potential barriers and available resources. Ongoing case management services, including family reunification assistance, host family respite or placement, or navigation to other housing types and supports, such as rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, host homes, or higher levels of support, such as therapeutic foster care, assisted living, and group homes, will also be provided. This project will annually serve 20 victims of trafficking, ages 18-24.