Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Awarded Over $3.4M in Human Trafficking Grant Funding
January 06 2022
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) has been awarded over $3.4M in grant funding to expand services and programming to those experiencing human trafficking.
“Young people, people of color and those who identify as LGTBQ are especially vulnerable to being trafficked in our community.” said Cleveland Rape Crisis Center President & CEO Sondra Miller. “This funding will allow Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to broaden its service menu and delivery footprint, making it easier for survivors to access comprehensive services.”
Ohio currently ranks sixth in the nation for human trafficking, with minors accounting for 27% of reported cases, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.*
“Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has provided support to survivors of sex trafficking for nearly half a century. We are humbled by our funders’ continued trust in our work and excited to expand and innovate our services even more” added Miller.
Specific projects include:
- Collaborating with the Ohio Department of Youth Services to identify and assist youth who have experienced trafficking
- Improving first responder and court responses through professional trainings
- Offering legal services to survivors
Funding was supplied from the following sources: U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Victims of Crime & Office of Violence Against Women; State of Ohio; Ohio Children’s Trust Fund and Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services.
About Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
The mission of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse, promote healing and prevention, and advocate for social change. In 2020, the Center provided counseling, advocacy and crisis intervention services to more than 10,000 rape and sexual abuse survivors and reached thousands more through its prevention, education and training programs in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties.
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center operates a Human Trafficking Drop-In Center providing expert, trauma-informed crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling services for survivors of human trafficking.
*National Human Trafficking Hotline (2020, December) https://humantraffickinghotline.org/state/ohio