The Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program works to identify and provide comprehensive services to youth (under 21) victims of trafficking or sexual exploitation.
Within each of the ten regions, victim services networks will be identified or established to appropriately respond to trafficked victims and/or make appropriate referrals to services, benefits and programs for which they are eligible.
ITVAP will partner with existing IPATH task forces, the Indiana State Police, the 30 youth services bureaus and 18 current Safe Place programs across the state to strengthen services already available and work to establish a network of services where none currently exists.
- Complete a community assesment for each of the service network regions to assess community needs and gaps and to connect community partners and service providers.
- Build a trained network of community partners in order to recognize and identify victims of trafficking of sexual exploitation.
- Develop, deliver, and evaluate coordinated case management and comprehensive assistance programs as youth victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation are identified.
- Develop and integrate a referral system and educate a minimum of 10 agencies per region about referrals to programs for which victims are eligible, including the ORR, and the OVC Human Trafficking Victims Services programs, Victims Compensation, and other state and local anti-human trafficking programs.