NMDC desires to continue to expand and build capacity to meet the needs for identified trafficking victims. Our target population is younger victims. We focus on youth (14-17 YO) and transition age (18 - 25 YO) victims. NM is in desperate need to build services and capacity for younger victims. There are few to no specialized services and supports for minor victims of and NMDC has forged significant partnerships with agencies serving youth across the state - Internet Crimes Against Children, Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD), Youth Development Inc and Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. The goal of this is to increase capacity to meet the needs of youth who have been trafficked.
NMDC proposes to use the awarded funding to meet the following objectives: 1) To continue to provide comprehensive, culturally responsive, survivor centered case management and victim assistance. This includes utilizing our 24/7 emergency line, assistance with benefits, housing and appropriate vetted referrals. Our expected outcome is to be able to continue to provide services to our current clients and add a minimum of 10 more adult clients; 2) To continue to increase collaboration so that resource pathways for young victims can be built. This includes our growing relationship with CYFD to pioneer unique foster care options. Our expected outcomes for this are to assist with foster parent training, frontline worker training, youth services training and continuing to develop a resource pathway for young victims; 3) To increase identification of young trafficked people and provide education and awareness through strategic outreach. Our expected outcomes for this is to be able to provide continued consistent outreach that builds rapport and trust so that victims have materials and relationships that can steer them to services; 4) To continue in our efforts to staff and facilitate a 4 to 6 bed multi-service home for young victims. This residential program is a multi-pronged positive youth development approach towards holistic service delivery. Our expected outcomes is that through this program we anticipate meeting a current unmet need in our state; 5) Deliver training to professionals and the general public. Our expected outcomes for this include increased interagency collaboration, increased victim screening and identification and increased referral partnerships.