Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Announces $999,872 to Assist Victims of Trafficking in Rockland County

October 3, 2018
Press Release

NEW CITY, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Center for Safety & Change in New City has been awarded a total of $999,872 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to bolster support services for victims of trafficking and exploitation in Rockland County.

“The exploitation of women, men, and children for profit is a severe violation of human rights, and we must do everything in our power to identify and combat it,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I’m pleased that the Center for Safety & Change will use these federal funds to enhance and expand critical services for survivors so that they may achieve safety and stability. As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to secure resources that protect our region from atrocities like trafficking and exploitation while supporting survivors in our communities.”

"The funding from both of these grants will enable Center for Safety & Change, Inc. (“the Center”) to formally partner with the Rockland County Pride Center and the International Organization for Adolescents (“IOFA”) as well as several other local partner organizations in order to expand and enhance services for all victims of sex and labor trafficking in Rockland County," said Elizabeth Santiago, Executive Director at Center for Safety & Change. "Our goal is to ensure that there is the appropriate outreach and education, mentoring, counseling, advocacy, and supportive services provided to human trafficking victims including but not limited to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender, gender non-conforming identified youth in order to achieve safety and have the opportunity to heal from their trauma."

A breakdown of the federal funding for the Center for Safety & Change is below:

  • $549,966 through DOJ’s FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for All Forms of Victims of Human Trafficking Program. This funding will support the expansion and enhancement of services for victims of sex and labor trafficking in Rockland County. The Center for Safety & Change and its collaborative partners, including the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA), will expand opportunities for trafficking victims to achieve safety and stability and heal from their trauma by developing and implementing a Comprehensive Service Model through the addition of Anti-Trafficking Program staff and through new and existing community partnerships; developing trafficking response protocols; increasing training and public awareness efforts; and  conducting thorough data collection, action research, and evaluation.
  • $449,906 through DOJ’s FY 2018 Specialized Services and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking program. This funding will enhance the capacity of the Center for Safety & Change to respond to the needs of child victims of commercial sexual exploitation/domestic sex trafficking. The Center for Safety & Change will partner with the Rockland County Pride Center (RCPC) to identify child and youth victims of sex trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation in Rockland County and ensure that they have the supportive services necessary to achieve safety and stability. The Center and RCPC will provide multilingual and multicultural services to children and youth up to age 17 who are at risk or are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and/or sex trafficking in Rockland County.

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