- Orange County
- Osceola County
- Larger Central Florida Area
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $350,000)
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. This award made to Latishas House Foundation Florida, LLC is funded under OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Purpose Area 1: Developing Capacity to Serve Human Trafficking Victims which is designed to Latishas House Foundation Florida, LLC (LHFL), an organization dedicated to giving those who are vulnerable to exploitation or trapped in the sex industry a new beginning and a safe place to call home, will provide a long term trauma-informed residential program that offers wrap-around services to victims of human trafficking. The mission is to offer individualized support to empower victims of human trafficking to build a bridge from their traumatic past to a positive future. The OVC funding will allow the program to further develop with trained and equipped staff and volunteers and enhance services for victims of human trafficking and promote their economic empowerment, safety, and overall well-being. To do so, various trainings will be developed in-house through qualified professionals and outsourced organizations. Existing services will be assessed for further improvement and new services will be implemented. Funds will also be used to support the cost of three key staff salaries (State Coordinator, Program Director, and Lead House Manager. CA/NCF.