Catholic bishops will partner to help restore victims’ lives. 1
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced a contract award to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to provide comprehensive support services to victims of human trafficking. Awarded through ACF’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the contract is designed to centralize services while maintaining a high level of care for victims of human trafficking.
Differing from other contract arrangements, USCCB will be provided with resources for each victim actually being served. This per-capita contract will ensure efficiency and the best possible services to victims of human trafficking. It will also streamline support services to help victims of human trafficking gain access to shelter, legal assistance, job training and health care to establish lives free of violence and exploitation.
The contract will work in concert with HHS’ ongoing campaign, Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking, which educates Americans about human trafficking and how they can help victims in their own community. A key component of the campaign is the 24/7 toll-free trafficking information and referral hotline, 1.888.373.7888. Victim service needs that originate through the hotline will be served through the USCCB contract.
Click here to learn more about HHS’ efforts to provide support to trafficking victims. Click here to learn more about HHS campaign to rescue and restore victims of human trafficking.1 ACF Press Office. 18 April 2006.
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