The purpose of the FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Program is to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, as amended, by enhancing interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and through the provision of high-quality, specialized services that address the individual needs to trafficking victims over a three year project period. Five priority areas of specialized services have been identified under this grant program: Housing Services; Economic and Leadership Empowerment and/or Education Services; Mental Health Services; Substance Abuse Services; and Legal Services.
Ayuda will provide legal services and case management to victims of human trafficking in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The project will provide legal representation to victims and their derivative beneficiaries in 120 matters, including T and U visas for victims, protection orders, and child custody. Ayuda will collaborate with local service providers, task forces, and first responders to improve protocols and procedures for the identification and referral of victims of human trafficking.