“Comprehensive Services to Victims of Human Trafficking” Program
Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime this project delivers comprehensive services to pre-certified victims of trafficking through a network of partner agencies. Services range from emergency response, to long-term case management including: housing, mental health services, immigration relief, legal advocacy, interpretation and translation services, etc. Also through this project, BSCC administers a 24-hr hotline and a Trafficking Emergency Response Team to assist victims in immediate need. Furthermore, BSCC offers ongoing training and technical assistance to coalition members, law enforcement agencies and the community at large.
Southern California “UNITY” Coalition Project
Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement, this recently awarded project will consolidate outreach efforts aimed at victim identification throughout the Southern California Region. Target sites and collaborative partners include: Orange County, and the OC Human Trafficking Taskforce; and Los Angeles and the LA Commission on the Status of Women.
PROMISE (“Partnership to Rescue Our Minors from Sexual Exploitation”) Initiative
Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, BSCC is one five sites, chosen by the Salvation Army to oversee capacity building efforts to address the commercial sexual exploitation of children, or CSEC. By hosting a series of train-the-trainer institutes, BSCC hopes to engage key community partners in creating a community-wide response plan to effectively protect children from, and assist children trapped in, the world of commercial sexual exploitation. Other cities/sites include: Denver, Chicago, Atlantic City, and Washington D.C.
“Closing the Border to Human Trafficking” Initiative
Funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons, this initiative consists of coalition building, training and technical assistance efforts, and advocacy in order to address human trafficking throughout the cross-border region. Through conferences, events, and coalition building activities BSCC targets key regions and agencies (law enforcement, NGOs, etc.) throughout the border to address this issue.
“Health Project for Victims of Trafficking” Project
Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this project targeted healthcare professionals and the community in order to better identify potential victims of trafficking. Through ongoing outreach in the community, people were educated of the health-related consequences of human trafficking, such as the spread of STIs/HIV through the practice of commercial sexual exploitation. Moreover, professionals in the medical field were trained to better recognize indicators (physical, mental, etc) of potential trafficking cases. Project activities were centralized in San Diego-Tijuana and replicated throughout key border regions.
“Caracterizacion de la Ninez Migrante en la Frontera Norte de Mexico” (“Understanding Migrant Children in Mexico’s Northern Border”) Project – published in Spanish.
Through the generous funding and partnership of Save the Children, Sweden, BSCC Mexico conducted a study of the characteristics of migrant children, often unaccompanied, attempting to cross Mexico’s northern border into the United States. The aim of the research project was to help inform policy, practice, and effective intervention strategies by understanding the phenomenon of child migration in this region.