U.S. Department of Justice: Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking
The Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking program aims to improve outcomes for children and youth who are victims of human trafficking by integrating human trafficking policy and programming at the state or tribal level and enhancing coordinated, multidisciplinary, and statewide approaches to all forms of trafficking, as well as at-risk populations. The overall goal of the program is to improve responses for child and youth victims of trafficking with a focus on coordination at the statewide or tribal jurisdiction level to create effective change across systems. Recognizing that each jurisdiction is unique, applicants should identify the state or tribe’s greatest barriers to identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or to investigating and prosecuting these trafficking cases, and propose a program to systematically address those barriers.
Objectives include the following:
- Develop and implement a jurisdiction-wide strategy to combat the greatest challenge areas in child and youth sex and labor trafficking within the state or tribe
- Develop protocols and procedures to ensure child and youth victims receive appropriate services, including developmentally, age-appropriate, and/or linguistically tailored referrals and/or services; and strengthening data collection across multiple systems of care that work with and provide services to youth
- Develop a unified strategy to provide training to professionals throughout the jurisdiction including, but not limited to, law enforcement officers, first responders, victim service providers, health care professionals, child welfare officials, juvenile justice personnel, prosecutors, judicial personnel, and other relevant organizations
Fill gaps in existing services and coordinate responses in existing anti-trafficking and youth-serving efforts, including those related to victim assistance, law enforcement, child welfare, runaway and homeless youth, and juvenile justice, among others
- Conduct data collection evaluation activities to determine if the program is meeting stated goals and objectives
Amount: A total of $6,000,000 is expected to be available to make four awards of up to $1,500,000 each. The project period is for 36 months.
Eligibility: States (including U.S. territories and the District of Columbia) and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Eligible subrecipients are states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations.
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