Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $449,906)
The purpose of this program is to enhance the capacity of organizations to respond to the needs of child victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE)/domestic sex trafficking (DST). The selected training and technical assistance provider will work with project sites to develop or enhance mentoring service models and mentor training based on best practices. This program is authorized pursuant to the Department of Justice Appropriations Act 2018, Pub. L. No. 115-141, 132 Stat. 348, 423
The Center for Safety & Change, Inc. ("the Center"), the sole domestic violence, sexual abuse human trafficking, and other crimes service provider in Rockland County, NY, will partner with the Rockland County Pride Center (RCPC) to combat human trafficking. The overall goal of this project is to identify child and youth victims of sex trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation in Rockland County and ensure that they have the supportive services necessary to achieve safety and stability. The Center and RCPC will provide multilingual and multicultural services to children and youth up to age 17 who are at risk or are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and/or sex trafficking in Rockland County. Services will include but are not limited to mentoring, crisis intervention, advocacy, accompaniment, counseling, safety planning, information and referrals, legal services, access to a 24/7 hotline, transportation, and interpretation/translation. In addition, both agencies will conduct targeted outreach to the general public, business owners, faith-based groups and congregations, immigration organizations, schools, the medical community, substance abuse service providers, and others in order to identify child and youth victims; increase public awareness about the prevalence, dangers, warning signs, and identification of human trafficking of minors; and educate the community on resources available for victims of human trafficking.