The New York City Community Response to Trafficking (CRT) is a trafficking awareness project aimed at developing a collaborative response to the problem of human trafficking by community based organizations and criminal justice agencies, including local police and prosecutors and federal agents and prosecutors, in New York City. Developed by End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes-USA (ECPAT-USA) and the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, the CRT project is the first effort of its kind in New York City.
The CRT project was launched in October 2002 in order to provide the New York City community with the knowledge, skills and tools to effectively combat human trafficking through collaborative working relationships. This goal is being reached through a series of coordinated activities.
In addition to developing an innovative community outreach model for combating human trafficking and providing training to community based organizations and criminal justice agents, the CRT project, through its CRT Working Group, has developed the first set of guidelines in New York City created to assist community based organizations and criminal justice agents to collaboratively address the problem of human trafficking. The New York City Community Response to Trafficking Project has been recognized by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for its exemplary commitment to the welfare of trafficking victims and for its efforts to bring awareness to this important issue.
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