New Funding Supports Pilot Program to Provide Comprehensive Services to Victims of Child Sex Trafficking in Maryland

News Release, GOvernor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention

ANNAPOLIS, MD ?The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention has released the Notice of Funding Availability for theChild Sex Trafficking Screening and Services Act Regional Navigator Program Grant. This grant is designed to provide comprehensive services for child victims of sex trafficking in Maryland, outlined in theChild Sex Trafficking Screening and Services Act of 2019, and signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan in May of 2019.

“This pilot addresses the issue of human trafficking and the impact on young people in Maryland,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “This grant will provide organizations more support in providing victim-centered, trauma-informed services for young sex trafficking victims as they begin healing from past trauma and abuse.”

The $400,000 in funds available for the Regional Navigator program will be awarded utilizing a competitive grant process to include two victim service providers in two jurisdictions, for two awards of up to $200,000 each. Those funds will be allocated by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention over the course of one year, from the Victims of Crime Assistance grant program administered by the federal Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime. This pilot will allow for close evaluation of program development and effectiveness, as well as any improvements needed before the program is implemented statewide.

The Child Sex Trafficking Screening and Services Act of 2019 require law enforcement and local departments of social services to notify a Regional Navigator when they encounter a young person whom they have reason to believe could be a victim of sex trafficking to connect them with necessary services. A victim is eligible to receive assistance until age 24.

Eligible organizations must coordinate and/or provide the following services for suspected child sex trafficking victims: safety planning, emergency response, basic living needs (not including housing), trauma counseling and mental health services, drug, and alcohol abuse treatment, legal services, victim advocacy, and case management. Eligible grantees can also provide referrals to ensure victims receive the services required and must give a quarterly report on gaps in services in their jurisdiction. Applications that exceed the maximum award allocation of $200,000 can be removed from consideration during the initial application review.

The deadline to submit an application is October 11, 2019, by 3 p.m. For more information about this grant opportunity, please see the Notice of Funding Availability.

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