Below are a representative example of grantees the Foundation is currently funding.
Amara was awarded a grant to fund their efforts to provide free trauma-informed legal services for domestic survivors of sex trafficking in Washington, DC. Survivors of sex trafficking are not just victimized by traffickers, but also by a legal system that misidentifies them as criminals rather than victims. As a result, survivors often have criminal records that block access to education and employment. Additionally, survivors often have a variety of unmet civil legal needs for assistance with public benefits and housing, child custody issues, and obtaining civil protection orders.
CCE was awarded a grant to help create the first notario fraud statute in Washington, DC. Notario fraud occurs when self-styled notarios- individuals posing as immigration lawyers, and occasionally real lawyers- falsely present themselves as capable of providing services to unsuspecting immigrants, and fail to perform the promised services. Immigrants who become victims of these scams often face significant economic loss, emotional distress, and other high stakes consequences such as deportation and familial separation, and are unprotected by the current legal system.
Courtney’s House is a direct services organization that provides shelter, and counselling to survivors of human trafficking. They also provide law enforcement with training to better identify survivors and information to facilitate the arrest of traffickers. CH received a grant for two important functions: funding the drop-in center and working for the passage of a vacatur statute that would protect survivors from prosecution and conviction from crimes that they committed under duress.
FAIR (Free, Aware, Inspired, Restored) Girls was awarded a grant to expand their frontline Responder Training Program by increasing the number of law enforcement officers, social service providers, and judicial officials who will be trained to identify sex trafficking victims. The training targets those professionals that are most likely to come in contact with missing, runaway, and homeless youth who in many cases are also the victims of sex trafficking. In the past, these victims have been treated as criminals and sent to detention facilities indicative of criminal status, and not received the attention and assistance they require.
The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center (HT Pro Bono) is a pioneering non-profit organization that empowers courageous women, men and children survivors of labor and sex trafficking to seek justice. Their mission is to provide survivors of human trafficking who seek legal representation with access to a highly-skilled, pro bono attorney. They seek to hold traffickers accountable and deter exploitation by obtaining criminal convictions, criminal restitution, and civil judgments against traffickers. HT Pro Bono also provides legal training for organizations with similar aspirations.
Polaris was awarded a grant to help fund its efforts to provide comprehensive victims services to those affected by human trafficking. The types of services available to human trafficking victims include 24-hour emergency crises response, full service clinical case management, mental health therapy, emotional support groups, job training, life skills workshops, mentoring assistance for education needs, vocational training, and emergency and transitional housing.