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Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

This grant program seeks to improve the coordination of law enforcement investigations and services for youth and children who are survivors of human trafficking.

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PLEASE NOTE: This program is not accepting applications for funding.

In 2019, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was awarded a three-year federal grant from the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC). The grant provides funding to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Office of Grants and Research (OGR), the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and Northeastern University. The primary focus areas under this grant program include:

  • Stronger law enforcement coordination, including stronger training opportunities for law enforcement and support for agencies that investigate and prosecute cases of human trafficking involving children and youth.
  • In 2021, EOPSS introduced the MA Human Trafficking Law Enforcement Guidelines that were developed through a collaborative partnership of municipal, county, and state law enforcement representatives along with youth and adult survivors, multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs), Child Advocacy Centers (CACs), and human trafficking providers.
  • Supporting the Department of Children and Families in developing effective foster homes to serve exploited youth and human trafficking training for DCF staff and foster parents.
  • Establishment of a program coordinator to oversee program implementation within the state and ensure coordination of anti-trafficking efforts -- specifically the enhanced coordination of programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and/or labor trafficking.

The following partners are subrecipients of the FY 2019 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking funding:

  • Municipal Police Training Committee – $150,000.00
  • MA Department of Children & Families – $654,125.00
  • Northeastern University and Dr. Amy Farrell – $86,124.50

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