Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $449,426)
The Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Initiative supports efforts of community service organizations to respond to the needs of child victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking (CSE/DST), including children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Project sites will develop or enhance their mentoring capacity, facilitate outreach efforts, and increase the availability of direct services for child victims of CSE/DST. OJJDP expects project sites to integrate promising practices and proven principles into their mentoring service models; develop strategies to recruit, train, support, and maintain mentors; and provide a comprehensive array of support services to empower girls, boys, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to move past their experiences with victimization to develop their full potential.
This program is authorized by Department of Justice Appropriations Act, Pub. L. No. 113-76, 128 Stat. 5, 64.
The Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, Behavioral Health Division, will be implementing this project through Wraparound Milwaukee, a nationally-recognized and successful system of care for children. The project has a strong multi-agency/multi-disciplinary foundation to support CSEC mentoring models. Furthermore, the project will employ the development of mobile application software specifically for youth that will include practical information on resources available to children at risk of or victims of CSE/DST.