OVC competitively awarded funds to RTI in FY 2018 to provide TTA to sites funded under the Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking ("Improving Outcomes") program. The continuation funding will support RTI in continuing to provide this TTA, as well as expanding its TTA to additional Improving Outcomes program sites that OVC anticipates funding in FY19 and FY20.
The purpose of the Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Program is to improve outcomes for children and youth who are victims of human trafficking by integrating human trafficking policy and programming at the state or tribal level and enhancing coordinated, multidisciplinary, and statewide approaches to serving trafficked youth. With this award, the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) will to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) that is tailored and specific to grantees funded under the Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Program. Specifically, RTI will support the project sites' efforts to prevent, identify, and respond to trafficking of children and youth within service systems such as child welfare, juvenile justice, and runaway and homeless youth providers. Additionally, RTI will help program grantees to develop those critical multidisciplinary collaborations and coordinated strategies, using proven strategies for tailored and proactive training and technical assistance within the Children and Youth Technical Assistance Program. RTI's approach will include group-level approaches such as grantee meetings, webinars, virtual roundtables, and briefs; individual-level approaches such as phone and video-conferencing and site visits; and sustainable materials and resources supporting future initiatives.