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 specialized services to victims of sex 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.
Miami-Dade County (MDC), Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD), Violence Prevention and Intervention Division (VPID), Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC) with collaborative partners the Miami Dade Police Department (MDPD), Americans for Immigrant Justice (AIJ), Trauma Resolution Center (TRC), and the University of Miami (UM), will support the provision of services provided in a specialized setting, a one-stop center with onsite services, for all human trafficking (HT) victims. The project will be implemented in Miami-Dade County, located in the southeast corner of Florida. Project goals include: 1. Continue to enhance the CVACs advocacy response to HT victims by sustaining the existing grant-funded specialized advocate position. 2. Enhance CVACs housing response to assist HT victims by creating a housing voucher system. 3. Continue to enhance the Miami-Dade Police Departments response to HT victims by sustaining the specialized grant-funded victim advocate position. 4. Continue to enhance the provision of legal representation to HT victims by sustaining the grant-funded onsite attorney. 5. Continue to sustain the provision of mental health services and trauma-informed services for HT victims by sustaining the grant-funded Trauma Resolution Center therapist. 6. Continue to provide free family law legal services to HT victims by sustaining the grant- funded family law specialized attorney. 7. Increase data collection capacity and provide integration of evidence into programs and practices. 8. Enhance community awareness and staff development by conducting public awareness activities and professional development training. CA/NCF