- Ponca Reservation
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $749,953)
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. The Domestic Violence Program, an agency of Ponca Tribal Government, will hire a full-time Human Trafficking Program Coordinator and a full-time Human Trafficking Advocate to help Native American human trafficking victims navigate various systems (state, federal, local, and tribal) and incorporate cultural healing methods. The Coordinator and Advocate will provide crisis intervention and emergency services, advocacy and case management, community resource referrals, safety plan development, job readiness skills training, limited financial assistance, court accompaniment and liaison services, cultural connections, outreach about victimization related to sex and labor trafficking, and education on program services. The project will assist trafficking victims in understanding and recovering from the trauma through mental health, behavioral health, creative healing therapy, or other forms of healing therapy in a group setting. CA/NCF.