Our Projects

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The Council for Women & Youth Involvement's (CFWYI) response to human trafficking is spearheaded by our two projects: Project C.O.P.E. and SEE NC. Click through the tabs below to learn more.

Project C.O.P.E.

Project C.O.P.E.

Project C.O.P.E. (Collaboration, Operation, Protection & Education) is a youth-focused program that aims to increase awareness about human trafficking and the factors that make youth vulnerable to exploitation. Through C.O.P.E., our office provides training, technical assistance, and resources to youth and community leaders throughout the state.

Since launching in 2015, Project C.O.P.E. has trained and empowered over 2,000 advocates, from youth to professionals to community members, raising awareness about trafficking and strengthening preventative efforts. Recent partners include the Department of Instruction's Healthy Living program, the Center for Safer Schools, and the NC Native Youth Conference.

In 2019, Project COPE launched the LEAD (Leading, Empowering, Advising, and Developing) Initiative, a mentorship program for local youth between the ages of 14 to 17. The LEAD Initiative collaborates with local community leaders to provide participants with enrichment activities, leadership experience, job coaching in an industry of their choice, and workshops on community engagement, destructive decisions, and healthy relationships.



SEE NC (Seek, Engage, and Empower) focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration and improving identification and response of human trafficking in marginalized, underserved, and unserved communities. The three primary components of SEE NC are interagency collaboration, accessible culturally-specific resources, and training/technical assistance. 

Interagency Collaboration

The Council for Women & Youth Involvement (CFWYI) partners with other state agencies, members of the Human Trafficking Program’s Interagency Committee, and CFWYI grantees serving marginalized populations to improve the identification of and response to human trafficking. Recent training partners include the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Rural Health and Division of Deaf/Blind/Hard of Hearing as well as over 90 public schools statewide.

Accessible Culturally-Specific Resources

CFWYI’s Human Trafficking program creates accessible, culturally-specific, and multi-lingual resources, materials, training workshops, and outreach events across the state with a focus on improving access to services for survivors, including mental health, transportation, and language access.  SEE NC continues CFWYI’s effort to expand transitional and permanent housing assistance for domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking survivors.

Training and Technical Assistance

SEE NC project staff assist agencies across the state to improve identification of and response to human trafficking in addition to providing trainings to professionals in a variety of fields to increase their understanding of and capacity to serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. CFWYI is currently working with Capital Broadcasting and UNC Chapel Hill's School of E-Learning to develop an online training platform for CFWYI grantees on recognizing, identifying, reporting, and serving survivors of human trafficking.

To access outreach materials on a variety of topics, including labor trafficking, serving male survivors, serving survivors with disabilities, and the intersections of human trafficking/domestic violence/sexual assault, please visit our resource library.

SEE NC is made possible by grant funding through the Governor’s Crime Commission. This 2-year project began October 1, 2019 with the intention of merging the best aspects of the COPE and CLICC programs into a single, integrated project.

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