Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)
Using OJJDP funds, Girls Eductional Mentoring Services (GEMS) will provide training and technical assistance to the ICAC Task Forces to increase the capacity of members to effectively combat interrelated forms of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) including internet-facilitated crimes against child victims.
The project will accomplish this goal through the following activities consistent with the goals of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program and the Recovery Act: (1) GEMS will provide intensive training and technical assistance to ICAC Task Forces in five cities across the US approved by OJJDP; (2) GEMS will create a specific module on Understanding the Dynamics of Internet Facilitated Crimes Against Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Human Trafficking to be disseminated through the GEMS & OJJDP websites; (3) GEMS will provide customized trainings and intensive technical assistance for five regional ICAC training events; (4) GEMS will contract an independent evaluator to ensure that the training and curriculum are properly evaluated; and (5) the project will stimulate economic recovery and job creation/retention in line with the Recovery Act. The stated purposes of the Recovery Act are: to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive State and local tax increases. With this award GEMS will create three positions and retain one position.