Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $550,000)
The goal of the FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Programs 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.
Legal Action of Wisconsin will use OVC funding to provide advocacy and legal assistance services. Currently serving Milwaukee area and some parts of WI under two expiring grants, this funding will allow them to expand those services to cover more areas in WI, particularly rural areas of WI. LAW has been providing legal services low-income persons and victims for 50 years and specifically to victims of human trafficking both sex and labor since 2016. LAW will continue building community on partnerships with law enforcement and prosecutors as well as community partners. This project is support of both the Western and Eastern Districts United States Attorney's Office, the WI DOJ Office of Victim Services, the Milwaukee District Attorney's Office and Police department as well as community advocacy organizations. Through these partnerships they will gain additional referrals which will lead to new clients in more counties throughout WI. They will continue and expand our outreach, trainings and clinics throughout WI and continue to work on program development and improvement while ensuring that the staff continue with professional development. CA/NCF.