January is the National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month and the Nampa Family Justice Center would like to elevate the services available to victims as well as announce they have received a $350,000 grant from the Federal Office for Victims of Crimes to increase training and support victims of human trafficking.
While it is extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact number of human trafficking victims, the Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition estimates that between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021, there were 700 direct victim services provided and nearly 3,100 calls into their hotline.
Executive Director of the Nampa Family Justice Center Jeannie Strohmeyer shared, “In recent years, we have seen many victims come through the center requesting services for human trafficking situations. The devastating acts of human trafficking has been permeating communities across the country. Unfortunately, Idaho is no exception and though it is a tragic reality, facing the truth and doing something about this issue is the best possible approach we can take to eradicate this evil.”
Due to the increased need, the Nampa Family Justice Center applied for and received one of only four grants awarded from the Federal Office for Victims of Crime. With these funds, the Nampa Family Justice Center will be providing training to the community and to support services as well as direct services to victims of human trafficking abuse.
Strohmeyer said, “We already have great skilled and knowledgeable partners such as the Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition and Community Outreach Behavioral Services (COBS) doing some of this work, but there is much more work to be done. This grant will allow us to expand and tackle these issues more collaboratively and aggressively.”
Victims are able to call or text the Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition crisis hotline at (208) 630-6601, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888 or text 233-733 (Be Free).
The mission of the Nampa Family Justice Center is to promote safety, self-sufficiency, hope and healing to those affected by abuse. The Nampa Family Justice Center provides free services to the community and is located at 1305 3rd St. S. in Nampa and can be reached by calling (208) 475-5700.