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2014 Mentoring for Child Victims of CSE/DST Training and Technical Assistance Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $459,976)

The Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Initiative (CSEC Mentoring) 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.

The CSEC Mentoring Initiative has two components: project sites and training and technical assistance. The training and technical assistance component supports the development and delivery of technical assistance for project sites in the areas of child sexual exploitation, mentoring, program development, trauma informed practice, multidisciplinary collaboration and information-sharing, and sustainability.

The Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth and Family Services, Inc. (MANY) will utilize a comprehensive continuum of integrated training, technical assistance (T&TA) and support that was carefully designed in response to the key obstacles programs face in preventing and addressing DST of minors. These include: 1) identifying and assessing youth in need of services; 2) employing an effective multi-disciplinary intervention approach specific to minors experiencing DST and 3) integrating evidence-based practices into mentoring service models.

MANY has established the following goals and objectives for the project: 1) provide support, training and technical assistance to community-based programs working with minor victims of DST/CSE and stakeholders, 2) assess the individual and collective T&TA needs of project sites and develop TA plans for each site, 3) facilitate peer-to-peer information sharing between sites and networking to promote problem solving and innovation through the exchange of information and ideas across project sites, 4) arrange onsite consultation through a pool of Subject Matter Experts, 5) establish tools and practical techniques for facilitating information sharing, communication and coordination across disciplines, 6) develop and maintain a pool of experts for onsite TA who can provide assistance tailored to the specific needs of each project site, and 7) convene grantee meetings in conjunction with OJJDP.


Date Created: September 16, 2014