Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $999,994)
The Survivor Alliance and ICF survivor-led team will support the Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC) goals for this project by advancing work that promotes effective survivor engagement by improving the quality and quantity of services offered to trafficking survivors, increasing collaboration between OVC grantees, other federally funded service providers and programs, supporting grantees and their partners in intentional and sustainable engagement with survivors to improve anti-trafficking programming, and supporting OVC human trafficking (HT) grantees in meeting their award goals and objectives. When survivors are consistently and comprehensively included in developing traumainformed solutions to human trafficking, the priorities described above fall into place. Our project lead-Survivor Alliance believes that building sustainable survivor communities enables survivors to thrive. Coming together as a community allows us to “speak the same language” and support one another in life HT. Founded as the Inner City Fund to finance minority-owned businesses in Washington DC, ICF brings a diverse coalition of survivor leaders to provide both strategic and operational support for the project. The team has over 20 years of experience working on Federal projects and has the broad geographic reach and extensive expertise in listening and responding to needs of OVC HT grantees across the nation. The team possesses infrastructure and communication networks to lift and expand critical issues for grantees by creating a foundational on-demand training, organizational assessments and intensive training and technical assistance (TTA) to build the capacity and sustain the capability to strengthen survivor partnerships. The team will apply lessons learned and share with other OVC HT TTA providers to ensure resources are accessible across the spectrum of HT grantees.