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School awarded $1.24 million grant to address child trafficking in North Carolina

Researchers at the UNC School of Social Work have received a $1.24 million grant to address child trafficking in North Carolina.

The U.S. Children’s Bureau, Office of the Administration for Children & Families awarded the five-year grant to Research Prof. Dean Duncan to launch Project NO REST, a collaborative effort focused on increasing awareness of sexual and labor trafficking among children and youth involved in the state’s child welfare system, especially those in foster care. 

School continues partnership with Pitt County to prevent domestic violence homicides

Thanks to a $650,000 federal grant, Pitt County and UNC School of Social Work researchers will continue to partner over the next two years on solutions to reduce domestic violence homicides.

The eastern North Carolina county was recently selected among four sites in the country to share $2.6 million to put into place promising programs aimed at quickly identifying women who are in potentially fatal abusive relationships or in households of risk and connecting them to services before its too late. Rebecca Macy, the School of Social Work’s L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families, serves as a local evaluator and consultant for the project.

School receives $2.2 million in federal funding to prepare students for integrated healthcare

The UNC School of Social Work has been awarded $2.2 million in federal grants to train MSW students to work in primary care settings as behavioral and mental healthcare specialists and to prepare UNC dual-degree graduates for leadership roles in public health social work.

The larger of the two grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, was awarded as part of an initiative to increase the number of mental health and public health workers, especially those serving adolescents and young adults.