North Carolina Council for Women & Youth Involvement
North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Involvement (NC CFWYI) is an advocacy agency within the North Carolina Department of Administration focused on issues impacting women and youth. The agency is comprised of several programs, including the Family Violence Prevention Services Program, Domestic Violence Program, Sexual Assault Program, Batterer Intervention Program, Students Against Destructive Decisions, State of North Carolina Internship Program, State Youth Council, and the Human Trafficking Program. For more information about these programs and the mission of the agency, visit https://ncadmin.nc.gov/about-doa/divisions/council-for-women
Human Trafficking Program
Project C.O.P.E. (Collaboration, Outreach, Protection, and Education) is a youth-focused project that collaborates with organizations to strengthen existing programs and services to vulnerable populations, especially those serving youth. C.O.P.E. provides free trainings and outreach on how to identify and serve victims and survivors of trafficking in North Carolina. Funding for Project C.O.P.E. is provided by the Governor’s Crime Commission and will continue through the end of December 2019. Project C.O.P.E. launched the Leading, Empowering, Advising, and Developing (LEAD) Initiative, a mentorship program for local youth that collaborates with community leaders to provide participants with enrichment activities, leadership experiences, job coaching in an industry of choice, and workshops on community engagement, destructive decisions, and healthy relationships. Project C.O.P.E. has also collaborated with NC Center for Safer Schools and UNC School of Social Work to develop an evidence-based human trafficking curriculum for public schools, and it has also provided trainings across the state. For more information on Project C.O.P.E., visit https://ncadmin.nc.gov/advocacy/women/human-trafficking/our-projects
The Seek, Engage, and Empower NC (SEE NC) grant was awarded to NCCFWYI by the Governor’s Crime Commission. This 2-year project began October 1, 2019. SEE NC focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration and improving identification and response of human trafficking in marginalized, underserved, and unserved communities. This grant allows the Human Trafficking Program to merge the best aspects of the COPE and CLICC programs into a single, integrated project. The three primary components of SEE NC are interagency collaboration, accessible culturally-specific resources, and training and technical assistance.
CFWYI will partner with other state agencies, members of the Human Trafficking Program’s Interagency Committee, and CFWYI grantees serving marginalized populations to improve the identification of and response to human trafficking.
Accessible culturally-specific resources:
CFWYI’s Human Trafficking program will continue to create accessible, culturally-specific, and multi-lingual resources, materials, training workshops, and outreach events across the state. This project will also focus on improving access to services for survivors, including mental health, transportation, and language access. SEE NC will continue CFWYI’s effort to expand transitional and permanent housing assistance for domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking survivors.
Training and technical assistance:
CFWYI will continue to provide trainings to professionals in a variety of fields to increase their understanding of and capacity to serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. SEE NC project staff will assist agencies across the state to improve identification of and response to human trafficking.