More Too Life under Open Doors Contract
The Open Doors Outreach Network is a promising, well-coordinated system serving commercially sexually trafficked and exploited victims. It responds to the 2012 implementation of the Safe Harbor Act, which allowed sex-trafficked children to be considered dependent children in need of therapeutic services, rather than juvenile delinquents. The Open Doors Network created by Voices For Florida is a promising and well-coordinated framework, designed to serve exploited and trafficked children and young adults up to the age of 24 in five Florida pilot regions. More Too Life is honored to serve as the provider organization for the Suncoast Region, including Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Our collaborators include various in-county human service providers, including DCF, SCC, and DJJ, found in all our four counties. However, this allows us to have an extended reach within the entire state of Florida. Hereby, we are able to work more effectively with our other partner organizations across the state, adding up to 20 counties. This allows us to strengthen services and our award winning framework model by galvanizing our innovative survivor led, victim-centered services across county lines and collect more accurate data on traffickers and buyers operating across the state. We have determined that almost all of our CSEC victims have been trafficked outside of their home county, reaching as far as Orlando or Miami, which is why we emphasize an inter-county approach. In the several years of safe harbor existence, this legislation has lacked strategic development, coordination, and resources in cross-sector collaboration, training and trauma-informed crisis intervention, in order to meet the complex needs of trafficked victims. In order to improve the service outcomes for male and female victims, up to the age of 24, Voices For Florida implemented the Open Doors Outreach Network in five Florida regions. We at More Too Life are excited to announce that our organization has successfully demonstrated its capabilities during the rigorous application and assessment process, and has been chosen to be the primary facilitator for the Suncoast (Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota county). We meet all the expected standards, including a team of highly trained survivor-mentors, who are on-call 24/7 to provide immediate crisis intervention, along with day-to-day trauma-informed care management, in tight collaboration with other community-wide and clinical services as well as law enforcement.