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Emory: Receives $1 Million NoVo Foundation Grant to Advance Systems-based Solutions to End Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Emory University, in partnership with youthSpark Inc. and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning) Institute and International Human Trafficking Institute, announced a $1 million grant from the NoVo Foundation to support systems-based solutions to help end commercial sexual exploitation. The grant will address the immediate needs of those at risk for or experiencing commercial sexual exploitation in Fulton County, while transforming systems to prevent it.

The funding is part of The Life Story Grants, a $10 million, three-year investment in survivor-centered programs in the U.S. that open exit ramps to the sex trade while closing on-ramps.

A key feature of the project is a new multi-sectoral partnership between Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and Barton Child Law and Policy Center; youthSpark; and the National Center Civil for Human Rights LGBTQ and International Human Trafficking Institutes. Dr. Dabney P. Evans, an associate professor at Rollins and lead investigator on the project said,” Through this collaboration, we are uniquely situated to provide direct services to survivors and at-risk youth, as well as to create the systemic change necessary to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Atlanta.”

The project specifically responds to vulnerabilities through expansion of the youthSpark comprehensive model which shifts the focus from a traditional victim narrative to a response inclusive of the broader experiences of most at-risk youth of color — particularly Black and Brown youth – to a survivor-centered model expanding notions of exploitation.

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