Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $450,000)
The Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Initiative supports efforts of community service organizations to respond to the needs of child victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking (CSE/DST), including children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Project sites will develop or enhance their mentoring capacity, facilitate outreach efforts, and increase the availability of direct services for child victims of CSE/DST. OJJDP expects project sites to integrate promising practices and proven principles into their mentoring service models; develop strategies to recruit, train, support, and maintain mentors; and provide a comprehensive array of support services to empower girls, boys, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to move past their experiences with victimization to develop their full potential.
This program is authorized by Department of Justice Appropriations Act, Pub. L. No. 113-76, 128 Stat. 5, 64.
Kristi House will utilize grant funds to support the implementation of Project GOLD, a program that the applicant currently provides for female victims of CSE/DST. This program will be enhanced to serve boys and LGBTQ youth. The application identified partnership organizations that will enable Kristi House to conduct outreach to boys and LBGTQ youth and detailed the activities and services these organizations will provide. Furthermore, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States commissioned by OJJDP identified Kristi House as an example of a multidisciplinary team approach to CSE/DST of children, a factor that OJJDP took into consideration when making this funding decision.