Catholic Charities Human Trafficking Program Evaluation

Dates: 7/1/2011 - 6/30/2013

The Regional Research Institute (RRI) at Portland State University (PSU) is conducting an evaluation of the Catholic Charities’ Outreach & Support to Special Immigrant Populations (OSSIP) Project. This evaluation project is funded by the Federal Office of Justice Programs (OJP) at the Department of Justice. The on-going OSSIP project provides comprehensive services for pre-certified and certified victims of human trafficking in Oregon. Goals and Objectives of the OSSIP project are to:

  • Identify and collaborate with community members and organizations to combat trafficking and to strengthen and expand coverage of the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force (OHTTF) and the Oregon Coalition to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCCTP);
  • Provide comprehensive services to both pre-certified and certified victims of human trafficking;
  • Increase the identification of trafficking victims;
  • Train first-responders and “entry-points” on identification and service provision in a culturally sensitive and prompt manner;
  • Coordinate with the Task Force and OATH on implementation of a public awareness and outreach campaign;
  • Ensure adequate resources and services are available to all pre-certified and certified victims of human trafficking in Oregon.

Findings from this evaluation study may inform collaboration and service delivery efforts and will be included in the agency’s internal evaluation report.