Connected Youth Initiative

Nebraska Children, in partnership with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, is coordinating a three-year project, “Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking”, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). The goal of this project is to support child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking in Nebraska (up to age 24) and employ evidence-based strategies from Nebraska Children’s Connected Youth Initiative’s (CYI) to support survivors, including unconnected youth ages 14-25. 

Survivors of sex and labor trafficking in Nebraska may access the CYI supports and services, via Central Navigation – a “one stop shop” approach to ensure survivors can tell their story one time and access all the resources they need. Thanks to this process, those who need help can find it in one place, communities can ensure their efforts are not redundant, and young people build connections with supporters and their community to see how they are progressing.   

Other project goals include coordinating statewide community-based efforts, identifying strategies to support children, youth, and families impacted by sex and labor trafficking, sexual or domestic violence, building and maintaining a comprehensive, collaborative Nebraska response system that enhances well-being and outcomes for child and youth survivors.  

Key partners include: 

  • Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Central Plains Center for Services 
  • Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers 
  • Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition 
  • Native American Tribes 
  • Survivors Rising  
  • HTI Labs 
  • Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence 
  • Young people, those with lived experience, and survivors of sex and/or labor trafficking and exploitation 

For more information, please contact Lauren Ward, Assistant Vice President of Anti-Trafficking and Violence Prevention.  

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