MIAMI (AP) _ A Miami organization that helps victims of sex trafficking is one of four nationwide to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Kristi House will receive $450,000 over three years to add a community mentoring program and expand services to boys, transgender and questioning youth.
Kristi House operates a drop in center where children receive services to help them escape sexual exploitation. Services include support groups, education, therapy and recreational programs to help exploited girls between the ages of 11 and 10-years-old.
Under the new DOJ grant, the organization will recruit and train community mentors; and provide an array of support services to empower girls, boys, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to move past their experiences with victimization.