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.
The Asian Association of Utahs (AAU) Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Department will develop the Enhanced Labor Trafficking Services (ELTS) Project. This program will specifically enhance the agencys services provided to survivors of labor trafficking. Since 2012, over 500 victims of human trafficking have been identified in Utah. Currently, AAUs TIP Department receives State and Federal funding to provide services to survivors of human trafficking. However, AAU recognizes the need for enhancing these services to best serve survivors of labor trafficking. Therefore, the goals of this project are: 1) Victims of labor trafficking will have access to effective, tailored case management and wraparound services to support their recovery and healing; and 2) Identify victims of labor trafficking through use of coordinated training, public awareness and outreach efforts. These goals will be achieved through activities such as case management, the coordination of additional wrap around services such as mental health and ESL classes, and the facilitation of psychoeducational and life skills groups. The enhanced identification of victims of labor trafficking will include conducting additional outreach via new awareness materials and partnerships in addition to specific community training to help identify these populations.CA/NCF.