San Diego Women’s Foundation 2019 Grants to fund human trafficking prevention and intervention

The San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) recently announced the availability of grant funding for Human Trafficking: Prevention & Intervention. The 2019 grant cycle aims to support organizations that work to combat and prevent human trafficking in San Diego County.

Katie Sawyer, Executive Director of the San Diego Women’s Foundation, visited the studio to talk about the 2019 grants and the work the Women’s Foundation does to help trafficking victims.

According to a recent study by Point Loma Nazarene University and the University of San Diego, sex trafficking is San Diego’s second largest underground economy after drug trafficking, with an estimated revenue of $810 million and an estimated 3,000 – 8,000 victims trafficked each year. Victims of sex trafficking are often recruited in middle and high school, with the average age of entry into sex exploitation being 16 years old.

San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s 13 highest regions for sex trafficking. Sex trafficking prevalence is not due to proximity to the border – 80% of victims are domestic-born. An estimated 28% of migrant workers in San Diego County are victims of labor trafficking, which can include physical abuse, deprivation, and physical restriction.

Funding from SDWF can help survivors access the resources they need to get their lives back on track and prevent others from falling victim in the first place. To be considered, eligible nonprofit organizations must send a Letter of Inquiry by September 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., for projects with a minimum proposal of $25,000 that work across various fields to provide services to those at risk or affected by human trafficking, including, but not limited to, one or more of the following:
o Education for prevention
o Rescue programs
o Therapy and/or counseling
o Life skills training
o Employment education
o Housing solutions
o Victim advocacy
o Healthcare
o Food access
o Legal services
o Social services

Every year, SDWF updates their grant focus to be responsive to changing community needs. All 220 members have equal say in SDWF’s funding decisions. The San Diego Women’s Foundation will hold their 2018 Grants Kickoff on August 28th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at AMN Healthcare (12400 High Bluff Dr., San Diego, CA 92130) discussing this critical issue in general and the specific struggles that San Diego faces in ending this crisis.

San Diego County District Attorney, Summer Stephan, will be a featured speaker explaining who is affected by human trafficking, which organizations and agencies are working to end the crisis and how SDWF funds and efforts can make a difference. SDWF members, their guests and anyone interested in learning more are invited to attend this free critically engaging event. *Please note that this event is not open to SDWF nonprofit partners or to anyone planning to apply for grant funding.*

Founded in 2000, The San Diego Women’s Foundation educates and inspires women to engage in collective philanthropy. They invest in innovative solutions that benefit the underserved communities in the San Diego region. Contributions and talents of the 215 SDWF members have resulted in more than $3.4 million in grants that have been awarded to 91 nonprofit programs, touching hundreds of thousands of lives in and around San Diego.

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