Lowell Ending Trafficking of Youth (LET YOUTH)
is a project that provides comprehensive services to address the needs for safety, security, and healing to all minor survivors of human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking, in Greater Lowell areas.

This project will implement integrated survivor-centered services that include reunification with healthy family members and caregivers, which is a critical exit-ramp, and crucial to a minor’s long-term success and self-sufficiency to reduce the likelihood of further trafficking victimization. This project will also support a coordinated taskforce to combat trafficking of minors.
In order to provide comprehensive services to minor survivors of human trafficking, this project will include a variety of activities such as:

1. Direct Services & Intervention: provide comprehensive, culturally specific, survivor-centered, trauma-informed crisis intervention services to minor survivors of commercial sexual exploitation; including interagency case management, counseling and advocacy, support group, hotline, and web chat.
2. Interagency Case Assessment Team: refer minor survivors of human trafficking for appropriate services and resources including family and individual case management, housing, basic needs and access to other public benefits.
3. Formalize CSEC Taskforce: expand on the already established Greater Lowell Taskforce to end Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). This new formalized Taskforce will include collaboration and communication among agencies using a multidisciplinary approach to provide at-risk and commercial sexually exploited minors.
4. Community Awareness and Education: provide free capacity trainings and technical assistance on issues of sex trafficking of minors to service providers, community members, and youth-serving agencies in Greater Lowell. Provide a wide range of outreach education and resources on sex trafficking of minors.

Wraparound Services for Minor Survivors.
Graphic: OVC TTAC, Programmatic Considerations Serving Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

Partnerships

The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc. (CHH) is working in partnership with local community partners and service providers including My Life My Choice (MLMC), Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Greater Lowell, the NFI Family Resource Center of Greater Lowell (FRC), Community Providers of Adolescent Services (COMPASS), Brigid’s Crossing Catholic and Middlesex District Attorney Office of Marian Ryan.

Want to support our work?

• Refer minors who may have experienced trafficking to CHH (Link for referral coming soon!)
• Request for training and resources on anti-human trafficking.
• Join us and be part of the anti-human trafficking taskforce.

More information about the project and taskforce:

Contact Stephanie Bandoo,
Lowell Ending Trafficking of Youth Project Manager
stephanie@chhinc.org or 978-452-7721 ext. 122

This project overview was produced by The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc. pursuant to Grant No. 2019-VM-BX-0025 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project overview are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.