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Queens Youth Justice Center Specialized Services and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $446,684)

The FY 2019 Specialized Services and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Category 3 supports the efforts of eligible applicant organizations to increase the availability of programs focusing on girls involved in the juvenile justice system and prevention and early intervention strategies for girls vulnerable to sexual exploitation/domestic sex trafficking (SE/DST) and who are most likely to end up in the juvenile justice system. Under this category, OJJDP expects successful applicants to implement prevention and early intervention programs based upon best practices for girls vulnerable to becoming victims of SE/DST who are currently in the juvenile justice system; to provide direct support services and mentoring services to girls at risk of becoming victims of SE/DST; and to develop or enhance reentry strategies to help vulnerable girls on a path toward success, stability, and long-term contribution to society. This program is authorized by 34 U.S.C. 1117111172; Pub. L. No. 1166, 133 Stat. 13, 115. The Center for Court Innovation (the Center) will provide specialized direct support and mentoring services to young people to reduce the likelihood that they become involved with or remain involved in CSE. The program will serve girls ages 1218 with or without justice involvement who are vulnerable to CSE. The Center staff will develop a training curriculum for initial onboarding; recruit and train one part-time mentor and a program coordinator; provide ongoing training; work one-on-one and in group settings with referred youth; provide case management and support services, including mentoring when appropriate; administer pre- and post-program surveys to measure knowledge change; conduct screenings and assessments with referred youth and families; work one-on-one with mentee youth and families; and provide appropriate supervision to mentors and youth-serving staff to guard against burnout and secondary trauma. In order to track performance measures and progress toward objectives, all information concerning participant demographics and performance will be entered into a customized, automated case tracking application, the Justice Center Application. It will serve as the central repository for all information, including results of the assessment, details of the individualized plan, summaries of all contact hours between the mentor and youth and family, program providers to which the young person has been connected, compliance with referrals, and any other pertinent information. In addition, the evidence-based Ohio Youth Problem, Functioning and Satisfaction Scales will be used to track a participants progress over time with repeated administrations of the instrument. The tool is also used for the ongoing development and refinement of the clients treatment plan and tracking of service effectiveness. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2019