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 is made to Goodwill Industries - Suncoast, Inc., and is funded under the Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation which is designed to provide services to victims of human trafficking.
Goodwill Industries, which has operated in Florida since 1954, providing life skills development, early childhood literacy programs, community employment initiatives, temporary staffing, housing for low income elderly and people with disabilities, community resource and referral, and multiple services targeting youth, will work with area regional and local task forces to identify the requirements needed for staffing in the form of training and education and begin to build a staffing pattern that would support provision of strong service strategies. The first year would also provide opportunity for full immersion in task force meetings, annual summits hosted by the state Council and learn from the expert and fellow providers who have gone before us in meeting the needs of this population. They then plan to seek advice, counsel and consultation in program design and further focus target communities in need and identify the specific service strategies that will meet the victims where they are currently and support their forward movement. Of note, Goodwill will target services to those victims who have completed their initial re-stabilization effort and are in need of transitional services. CA/NCF