Over $900,000 in federal funds awarded to White Plains group supporting survivors of human trafficking

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WHITE PLAINS – The US Justice Department awarded $925,000 in funds for My Sisters’ Place, Inc. of White Plains to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking.

The grant will enable the organization to assist more trafficking victims in and around Westchester County with comprehensive, timely services to recover and restore stability in their lives. That includes providing specialized education and skills-building professional development to service providers, law enforcement officials, and faith-based organizations to improve their ability to identify, assess, investigate, and refer or provide services to human trafficking victims; increasing the number of collaborative partners that provide critical services to human trafficking victims in Westchester; and developing an evaluation plan that will assist My Sisters’ Place and partner agencies to improve service delivery and outreach efforts.

“Human trafficking remains pervasive, under-recognized, and under-reported,” said Karen Cheeks-Lomas, Esq., CEO of My Sisters’ Place. “The renewal of this funding from the Office on Victims of Crime will enable My Sisters’ Place to continue to meet the needs of survivors through the provision of comprehensive case management and legal services.”

The grant was announced by Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, NY-17).