- 17 Counties in Eastern Tennessee
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $749,718)
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. WillowBend Farms, Inc. (WBF) will enhance its services. The organizations current programs include a two-year residential program for victims at a farm located in Bradley County, Tennessee. WBF also offers victim services for those who establish or transition to safe independent living. While the WBF offices and residential farm are located in Bradley County, the applicant serves victims in 17 counties throughout the East Region of Tennessee. There is no short-term emergency shelter specific to human trafficking victims in the counties served by WBF. WBF seeks to use this award to enhance the scope of its services by opening an Emergency Response Center (ERC) which will provide safety, shelter, care and support for up to eight (8) victims over a thirty-day period along with expanding resources with trained and experienced staff.