Evaluation of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Projects: Final Report From the First Cohort of Projects
This report documents the experiences of the first cohort of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Projects awarded as cooperative agreements in 2014. The intent of the demonstration program is to enhance organizational and community capacity to identify domestic victims of human trafficking and deliver comprehensive case management and trauma-informed, culturally relevant services through a system of referrals and the formation of community partnerships. The three projects were located in Maricopa and Pima Counties, AZ, New York City, and Salt Lake City, UT. Key findings of the cross-site process evaluation include: 1) Projects undertook a variety of activities and collaborated with numerous partners to develop and expand organizational and community capacity to identify and serve trafficking victims; 2) Projects' diverse backgrounds, target populations, and partners shaped implementation of unique configurations and service models across projects; 3) 341 clients participated in case management services, 95 percent of whom were sex trafficked and 25 percent were labor trafficked; and 4) Projects met many clients' needs; however, lack of appropriate, accessible services and individual-level client factors were key barriers to service engagement and delivery.