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LAS Legal Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Areas Served
Geographical Areas Served
  • Chicago Metropolitan Area
Indicates all geographic areas to which services are provided, excluding states. See States Served.
States Served
Indicates all applicable states in which services are provided.
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $800,000)

Metropolitan Family Services (MFS), through its Legal Aid Society (LAS), will provide holistic trauma-informed legal services and social services for survivors of human trafficking. LAS has the following objectives to achieve under this award: 1.) provide comprehensive legal services using victim-centered and trauma-informed service delivery for all victims of human trafficking; 2.) work in collaboration with and train federal, state, and local law enforcement and local service providers to ensure trafficking victims are identified and referred for appropriate services; 3.) assist with or refer clients to other essential services for victims of human trafficking; and 4.) conduct data collection and action research activities to determine if the program is meeting stated goals and objectives. LAS, as a program of the larger Metropolitan Family Services, provides a trauma-informed, holistic approach offering crisis intervention, case management and victim services. This structure of a multi-service agency allows LAS to integrate social services, supportive service access, address barriers to self-sufficiency and recovery, and provide legal service all with a trauma-informed lens.

Date Created: September 27, 2023