December 16, 2017
 
Trauma Center at JRI Gets $633K to Fight Human Trafficking

November 27, 2017 — The Trauma Center at JRI, based in Brookline, a nonprofit provider of trauma-informed care to children and families in Massachusetts, last week announced it has been awarded a $633,405 federal grant to help those affected by human trafficking.

The three-year grant, from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families, will enable The Trauma Center at JRI to re-establish the New England Coalition Against Trafficking (NECAT), a regional initiative aimed to raise awareness and combat human trafficking.

“This funding enables us to continue joint efforts to fight human trafficking, not only in Massachusetts, but throughout New England,” said Andy Pond, president and CEO of JRI. “Over the next three years, our six-state team will work in close coordination and use this grant to reduce the impact of human trafficking and help individuals and families touched by it."

The Trauma Center will collaborate and partner with agencies across New England to provide anti-human trafficking-based training to professional groups and organizations who work closely with vulnerable populations. In addition to offering training, the coalition will also engage in direct outreach as well as efforts to increase public awareness across New England.

NECAT will include The Human Trafficking Initiative in Boston, and survivor leadership with representation from Bags of Hope in Seekonk.

Established 35 years ago, The Trauma Center, in addition to providing comprehensive services to traumatized children and adults and their families, also engages in clinical research on the development and evaluation of innovative assessment measures and intervention models for complex trauma.

Justice Resource Institute (JRI), a Needham-based nonprofit that works with individuals, families, communities, and governments by providing an array of outpatient mental health services throughout Massachusetts, was founded in 1973 to respond to problems created by deinstitutionalization in Massachusetts. Today, with 2,500 employees, it is one of the largest human services providers in the state, offering more than 100 programs that serve hundreds of clients in residential settings and thousands more in outpatient or community based services.

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