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GEMS SISTA Mentoring Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $500,000)

The Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation Initiative supports efforts of community service organizations to develop or enhance their mentoring capacity, facilitate outreach efforts, and increase the availability of direct services for child victims (younger than age 18) of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) or domestic sex trafficking (DST), including children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) will address the need for services for child victims of CSE/DST in New York City by (1) strengthening identification efforts for victims and at risk youth, which will reach more than 1,500 youth; (2) increasing availability of direct services, including intensive case management, court advocacy, shelter, safety planning, mental health treatment, medical care, dental care, substance abuse treatment, acquiring identification and benefits, specialized education services, job training, employment assistance, transportation, victim advocacy and support during criminal prosecution against offenders where appropriate, which will be provided to 125 youth; (3) enhancing mentoring capacity to serve 20 children; (4) providing baseline mentoring training and support for 20 young adult CSE/DST survivors and 20 adult CSE/DST survivors and allies; and (5) reducing the number of youth returning to CSE by 10%. Through a contractual relationship with partner agency Green Chimneys, GEMS will include boys and transgender youth victims of CSE/DST in the agency's survivor leadership and empowerment services model. Progress towards these goals will be measured through ongoing evaluation and tracking of benchmarks through GEMS' software Effort-to-Outcomes.


Date Created: September 19, 2011