The goal of the FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking Program is to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, as amended. Funding through this program supports direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking, as well as for efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities over a three-year project period. This award made to YouthCare is funded under Sustaining Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services which is designed to provide funding to experienced service providers to offer comprehensive services.
YouthCare works with homeless, street-involved, and sexually exploited youth, and seeks support to maintain the critical and comprehensive infrastructure of services it has built for youth and young adults (aged 1224) who are victims or survivors of trafficking in King County, Washington. YouthCares goals are to: 1) provide case management services available to youth; 2) support coordination of services between the five Bridge Collaborative agencies to ensure continuity and quality of services; and 3) provide training and technical assistance to both staff in YouthCares broader array of services for youth who are at risk of trafficking, and to staff of youth-serving agencies regionally to increase their capacity to recognize, engage, and link victims and survivors of trafficking with appropriate services. CA/NCF