- Chicago Metropolitan Area
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $550,000)
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.
Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) through its Legal Aid Society (LAS) will bring its experience and expertise in providing holistic trauma-informed legal services and social services for survivors of human trafficking. OVC funding will allow LAS to maintain the staffing capacity built over the last two years and to provide legal and social services through the MFS service area for identified survivors. LAS will fund portions of the following salaries: Executive Director, Managing Attorney, Attorney II, Employment Law Attorney and Paralegal. These positions will continue to manage and maintain human trafficking caseload of their own while providing program management, an added full-time Staff Attorney to work with human trafficking survivors, and leveraging a staff Attorney with expertise in employment will facilitate this expansion. CA/NCF.