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Apr 25, 2017

Janus Awarded Grant for Human Trafficking Services and Outreach in Washington

Sex trafficking, while well known in Portland, is a growing concern in Southwest Washington’s Clark County. Thanks to a recently awarded grant of $206,101 from The Washington State Office of Crime Victims Advocacy, Department of Commerce—Janus will have more resources and services to provide to Clark County youth who are victims of sexual exploitation/sex trafficking. The grant will fund Outreach Specialists and a Case Manager focused on providing support and assistance to these youth to help them get out of the life. Janus Youth Programs was one of only three recipients to receive a grant award from the Crime Victims Advocacy.

The Outreach Specialists will conduct street outreach in locations that target victims of sex trafficking such as homeless camps, truck stops, malls, bus stops, schools, shelters, strip clubs and online sites. Pre-teen or adolescent youth are most susceptible to the tactics used by traffickers. Youth who have runaway, who are homeless, isolated, do not fit in, have low self-esteem or who have unstable home lives are most vulnerable.

The Outreach Specialists will also speak to community groups, schools, health professionals and others about identifying sex-trafficked youth and how to get them into services. Once a youth is in services, the Case Manager will develop relationships with the youth that will enable them to understand the unique needs of each individual and to coordinate service across multiple sectors of health.

Janus first began working with youth engaged in human trafficking and sexual victimization on the streets in 1985. Our residential program in Portland provides safe, emergency and long-term stabilization for up to 18 months for minor victims of sexual exploitation. 

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