Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $446,685)
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.
Young Men's Christian Association of the Greater Twin Cities will partner with the Office of the Ramsey County Attorney, Saint Paul Police Department, and the Ramsey County Community Corrections/Juvenile Services Division in hopes of preventing victimization of girls who are victims or at risk for sexual exploitation, and who are or are likely to end up in the juvenile justice system, and guide them on a path toward success, stability, and long-term contribution to society. The programs objectives are to serve 75 girls in Ramsey County, Minnesota, through best practices and gender-responsive, evidence-based practices, including prevention and early intervention, screening and assessment, and enhanced reentry strategies; and to provide 12 trainings for juvenile justice professionals. The applicants program, ENOUGH, will provide comprehensive, holistic services and ongoing one-on-one case management using best-practice engagement techniques and strategies for best serving the target population. Services will be girl-centered, gender-responsive, culturally relevant, and self-paced. Key programming includes prevention, early intervention, support services, life coaching, enhanced reentry strategies, and professional training. The ENOUGH model is designed to fill the state's identified gap in girl-centered services to help victims of trafficking recover and build self-sufficient, stable lives. ENOUGH will serve girls who are age 17 or younger. Girls will have been arrested or referred for intake to a Ramsey County agency that handles juvenile crime, delinquency, and youth in need of guidance, treatment, or rehabilitation due to problematic behavior. The program expects all girls will be high risk or system involved; many will have a history of trauma caused by abuse, CSE, and domestic minor sex trafficking. CA/NCF