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Trafficking in persons – also known as human trafficking – is tantamount to modern-day slavery. It dehumanizes and traumatizes victims while often shocking communities upon its discovery. Victims include men, women, and children, foreign-born, U.S. citizens, and lawful permanent residents who are trafficked for sex and/or labor purposes in both large cities and small towns.

   

The centerpiece of the U.S. Government’s efforts to eliminate trafficking in persons is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) (Pub. L. 106-386), as amended. The TVPA enhanced the federal government’s response to trafficking in the U.S. by affording increased protections and resources for victims; creating new crime types and enhancing penalties for prosecuting trafficking offenders; and expanding the U.S. Government’s international activities to prevent victims from being trafficked.

 

Since 2003, OVC, with funding authorized by the TVPA, has supported the development and enhancement of programs designed to provide a comprehensive array of culturally competent services to victims of human trafficking. This includes partnering with DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to support a multi-disciplinary anti-human task force model to assist communities identify, rescue, and restore victims of human trafficking.


View a complete list of organizations currently funded through OVC anti-human trafficking grant programs.

Learn more about OVC’s and OJP’s efforts to address trafficking in persons in the United States. 


The following resources highlight available victim assistance services, educational materials, research findings, and more.   


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017 (January 2014) OVC, 84 pages, NCJ 244569.
This report was developed by the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, in partnership with the member agencies of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and other federal agencies. The plan discusses goals and objectives and the actions that federal agencies will take to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
Abstract | PDF
 
OVC Report to the Nation 2013, Fiscal Years 2011-2012: Transforming Today's Vision into Tomorrow's Reality (June 2013) OVC, Report, 0 pages, NCJ 242598.
OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2011−2012. The online report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nation.
Abstract | HTML
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers (December 2012) OVC, 26 pages, NCJ 240597.
OVC and BJA have launched a Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers. The directory includes "distance learning," "in-person training" and "training by request" opportunities. It is an excellent resource for practitioners and task forces actively working in the field to expand and enhance their knowledge.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 
National Victim Assistance Academy Resource Paper: Human Trafficking (September 2012) OVC, OVC Training, 22 pages, NCJ 240570.
This Resource Paper is part of a series of National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) Track 1: Foundation-Level Training documents covering eight topics. This paper includes statistics, definitions, impact/effects on victims, effective responses, and additional information designed to educate entry-level professionals and volunteers. Visit www.ovcttac.gov for additional NVAA training materials.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Training Series
 

OJP Publications

Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States (October 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 306 pages, NCJ 248461.
This report explores patterns of labor trafficking in the U.S., and found that trafficking occurs in multiple industries, including agriculture, hospitality, construction, and restaurants. The report verified that labor trafficking usually goes unreported, and law enforcement often have difficulty distinguishing labor trafficking from other workplace exploitation. Policy and practice implications of this research for federal and local law enforcement and victims' service agencies are outlined.
Abstract | PDF
 
Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification-Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool (June 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 455 pages, NCJ 246712.
This guide provides users with recommendations on how to build trust with potential victims, maintain confidentiality, and use the tool correctly. When properly used, the tool could give victim service providers, law enforcement and legal, healthcare, and social service providers with a standard means of identifying victims of human trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
 
Screening for Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT) (June 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 37 pages, NCJ 246713.
This tool is designed for victim service providers and other providers to assist in identifying victims of human trafficking. Developed over the last seven years by the Vera Institute of Justice in collaboration with 11 victim service organizations in California, Colorado, New York, Texas and Washington, this NIJ-funded tool has been validated with a diverse sample of potential victims of trafficking and found reliable in predicting labor and sex trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
 
Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities (March 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 350 pages, NCJ 245295.
NIJ-funded researchers at the Urban Institute have completed a study of the underground commercial sex economy in eight cities--Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Seattle, San Diego, and Washington, DC. The study is a first step toward building scientific understanding of the illicit sex market.
Abstract | PDF
 
National Survey of Residential Programs for Victims of Sex Trafficking (October 2013) BJA-Sponsored, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 244678.
Residential programs around the country were surveyed in order to learn how many residential programs for victims of sex trafficking were in operation. Thirty-three residential programs in the United States were found that offer services to trafficking. This report found a total of 682 beds for trafficking victims in the U.S.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Trafficking in persons – also known as human trafficking – is tantamount to modern-day slavery. It dehumanizes and traumatizes victims while often shocking communities upon its discovery. Victims include men, women, and children, foreign-born, U.S. citizens, and lawful permanent residents who are trafficked for sex and/or labor purposes in both large cities and small towns.

   

The centerpiece of the U.S. Government’s efforts to eliminate trafficking in persons is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) (Pub. L. 106-386), as amended. The TVPA enhanced the federal government’s response to trafficking in the U.S. by affording increased protections and resources for victims; creating new crime types and enhancing penalties for prosecuting trafficking offenders; and expanding the U.S. Government’s international activities to prevent victims from being trafficked.

 

Since 2003, OVC, with funding authorized by the TVPA, has supported the development and enhancement of programs designed to provide a comprehensive array of culturally competent services to victims of human trafficking. This includes partnering with DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to support a multi-disciplinary anti-human task force model to assist communities identify, rescue, and restore victims of human trafficking.


View a complete list of organizations currently funded through OVC anti-human trafficking grant programs.

Learn more about OVC’s and OJP’s efforts to address trafficking in persons in the United States. 


The following resources highlight available victim assistance services, educational materials, research findings, and more.   


Trafficking in persons – also known as human trafficking – is tantamount to modern-day slavery. It dehumanizes and traumatizes victims while often shocking communities upon its discovery. Victims include men, women, and children, foreign-born, U.S. citizens, and lawful permanent residents who are trafficked for sex and/or labor purposes in both large cities and small towns.

   

The centerpiece of the U.S. Government’s efforts to eliminate trafficking in persons is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) (Pub. L. 106-386), as amended. The TVPA enhanced the federal government’s response to trafficking in the U.S. by affording increased protections and resources for victims; creating new crime types and enhancing penalties for prosecuting trafficking offenders; and expanding the U.S. Government’s international activities to prevent victims from being trafficked.

 

Since 2003, OVC, with funding authorized by the TVPA, has supported the development and enhancement of programs designed to provide a comprehensive array of culturally competent services to victims of human trafficking. This includes partnering with DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to support a multi-disciplinary anti-human task force model to assist communities identify, rescue, and restore victims of human trafficking.


View a complete list of organizations currently funded through OVC anti-human trafficking grant programs.

Learn more about OVC’s and OJP’s efforts to address trafficking in persons in the United States. 


The following resources highlight available victim assistance services, educational materials, research findings, and more.   


Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Jan 21 2015 at 2:00PM, Shannon Going, Attorney Director of Casa Cornelia Law Center’s Human Trafficking Program, and Carol Gomez, LCSW - Founder, Hearts and Minds Solidarity Project and Founder/Former Executive Director of MataHari: Eye of the Day, hosted a discussion on Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities

On Jan 29 2014 at 2:00PM, Mary Atlas-Terry, Victim Justice Program Specialist, OVC, and Corey Walz, Special Assistant to the Chair of the DHS Blue Campaign, and Katherine Chon, Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons, HHS, hosted a discussion on Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan

On Mar 6 2013 at 2:00PM, Jean Bruggeman, Human Trafficking Fellow with the Office for Victims of Crime, and Robin Hassler Thompson, consultant on issues related to human trafficking and domestic and sexual violence law and policy, hosted a discussion on Meeting Legal Needs of Adult and Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

On Aug 22 2012 at 2:00PM, Ari Redbord, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Derek Marsh, Lieutenant with Westminster Police Department in California, hosted a discussion on Implementing the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Model

On Jan 19 2012 at 2:00PM, Constance Rossiter, Program Director for the Trafficked Persons Assistance Program at YMCA International Services, and Cynthia Kennedy, LICSW, and Outreach Coordinator at Project REACH, hosted a discussion on Intersections Between Human Trafficking and Other Vulnerable Populations

Trafficking in persons – also known as human trafficking – is tantamount to modern-day slavery. It dehumanizes and traumatizes victims while often shocking communities upon its discovery. Victims include men, women, and children, foreign-born, U.S. citizens, and lawful permanent residents who are trafficked for sex and/or labor purposes in both large cities and small towns.

   

The centerpiece of the U.S. Government’s efforts to eliminate trafficking in persons is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) (Pub. L. 106-386), as amended. The TVPA enhanced the federal government’s response to trafficking in the U.S. by affording increased protections and resources for victims; creating new crime types and enhancing penalties for prosecuting trafficking offenders; and expanding the U.S. Government’s international activities to prevent victims from being trafficked.

 

Since 2003, OVC, with funding authorized by the TVPA, has supported the development and enhancement of programs designed to provide a comprehensive array of culturally competent services to victims of human trafficking. This includes partnering with DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to support a multi-disciplinary anti-human task force model to assist communities identify, rescue, and restore victims of human trafficking.


View a complete list of organizations currently funded through OVC anti-human trafficking grant programs.

Learn more about OVC’s and OJP’s efforts to address trafficking in persons in the United States. 


The following resources highlight available victim assistance services, educational materials, research findings, and more.   


What type of protection does the U.S. Department of Justice provide to trafficking victims?
Information for trafficking victims is available in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) brochu... Read More

What steps are being taken by the Federal government to combat human trafficking?
Information on government efforts to combat human trafficking can be found in the following annual r... Read More

How can I obtain a copy of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) video, Victims of Trafficking: Far From Home and Helpless, NCJ 182334?
Due to a release agreement signed by the victims appearing in this video and U.S. Department of Just... Read More

How do I report human trafficking?
Call 1-888-373-7888 (toll-free) or text BeFree (233733) to the National Human Trafficking Resource C... Read More

What is the total number of human trafficking victims worldwide?
Data on the number of trafficking victims worldwide are available in the annual Trafficking in Perso... Read More

More FAQs

Trafficking in persons – also known as human trafficking – is tantamount to modern-day slavery. It dehumanizes and traumatizes victims while often shocking communities upon its discovery. Victims include men, women, and children, foreign-born, U.S. citizens, and lawful permanent residents who are trafficked for sex and/or labor purposes in both large cities and small towns.

   

The centerpiece of the U.S. Government’s efforts to eliminate trafficking in persons is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) (Pub. L. 106-386), as amended. The TVPA enhanced the federal government’s response to trafficking in the U.S. by affording increased protections and resources for victims; creating new crime types and enhancing penalties for prosecuting trafficking offenders; and expanding the U.S. Government’s international activities to prevent victims from being trafficked.

 

Since 2003, OVC, with funding authorized by the TVPA, has supported the development and enhancement of programs designed to provide a comprehensive array of culturally competent services to victims of human trafficking. This includes partnering with DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to support a multi-disciplinary anti-human task force model to assist communities identify, rescue, and restore victims of human trafficking.


View a complete list of organizations currently funded through OVC anti-human trafficking grant programs.

Learn more about OVC’s and OJP’s efforts to address trafficking in persons in the United States. 


The following resources highlight available victim assistance services, educational materials, research findings, and more.   


FY 2015 Training and Technical Assistance on Comprehensive Legal Services for Human Trafficking Victims (PDF 180 kb)
Deadline: 06/18/2015
Note to Applicants: OVC has revised this solicitation to expand the eligibility requirements (see "Eligibility", pg. 1) and eliminate the match requirement (see "Budget Information", page 7.) If you have questions about these changes, please call the point of contact listed on pg. 2 of the solicitation. OVC will make up to 2 awards of up to $500,000 to expand access to comprehensive legal services for victims of human trafficking through training and technical assistance. Trafficking victims face an array of legal challenges including: immigration, family law, employment law, victims’ rights enforcement, civil actions, criminal restitution, and criminal records expungement/vacatur. Access to trained legal counsel assists victims in increasing their safety, financial security, independence, and self-sufficiency. This program seeks to expand the capacity of the existing legal services network to meet these critical needs. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of June 18, 2015.


FY 2015 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 240 kb)
Deadline: 06/01/2015
OVC will make up to nine awards of up to $600,000 to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking, including services for underserved victims of human trafficking such as American Indians and/or Alaska Natives or individuals who identify as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning. Funding will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the June 1, 2015 deadline.


FY 2015 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking (PDF 233 kb)
Deadline: 06/01/2015
OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $750,000 to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist all victims of human trafficking in achieving their goals, which may include increased autonomy and self-sufficiency, and an increased feeling of safety and well-being. The primary objectives of this funding opportunity are to enhance interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and to provide high-quality services that address the individualized needs of trafficking victims. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the June 1, 2015 deadline.

More Funding Opportunities

Trafficking in persons – also known as human trafficking – is tantamount to modern-day slavery. It dehumanizes and traumatizes victims while often shocking communities upon its discovery. Victims include men, women, and children, foreign-born, U.S. citizens, and lawful permanent residents who are trafficked for sex and/or labor purposes in both large cities and small towns.

   

The centerpiece of the U.S. Government’s efforts to eliminate trafficking in persons is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) (Pub. L. 106-386), as amended. The TVPA enhanced the federal government’s response to trafficking in the U.S. by affording increased protections and resources for victims; creating new crime types and enhancing penalties for prosecuting trafficking offenders; and expanding the U.S. Government’s international activities to prevent victims from being trafficked.

 

Since 2003, OVC, with funding authorized by the TVPA, has supported the development and enhancement of programs designed to provide a comprehensive array of culturally competent services to victims of human trafficking. This includes partnering with DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to support a multi-disciplinary anti-human task force model to assist communities identify, rescue, and restore victims of human trafficking.


View a complete list of organizations currently funded through OVC anti-human trafficking grant programs.

Learn more about OVC’s and OJP’s efforts to address trafficking in persons in the United States. 


The following resources highlight available victim assistance services, educational materials, research findings, and more.   


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017 (January 2014) OVC, 84 pages, NCJ 244569. This report was developed by the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, in partnership with the member agencies of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and other federal agencies. The plan discusses goals and objectives and the actions that federal agencies will take to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
Abstract | PDF
 
OVC Report to the Nation 2013, Fiscal Years 2011-2012: Transforming Today's Vision into Tomorrow's Reality (June 2013) OVC, Report, 0 pages, NCJ 242598. OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2011−2012. The online report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nation.
Abstract | HTML
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957. The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers (December 2012) OVC, 26 pages, NCJ 240597. OVC and BJA have launched a Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers. The directory includes "distance learning," "in-person training" and "training by request" opportunities. It is an excellent resource for practitioners and task forces actively working in the field to expand and enhance their knowledge.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 
National Victim Assistance Academy Resource Paper: Human Trafficking (September 2012) OVC, OVC Training, 22 pages, NCJ 240570. This Resource Paper is part of a series of National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) Track 1: Foundation-Level Training documents covering eight topics. This paper includes statistics, definitions, impact/effects on victims, effective responses, and additional information designed to educate entry-level professionals and volunteers. Visit www.ovcttac.gov for additional NVAA training materials.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Training Series
 

OJP Publications

Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States (October 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 306 pages, NCJ 248461. This report explores patterns of labor trafficking in the U.S., and found that trafficking occurs in multiple industries, including agriculture, hospitality, construction, and restaurants. The report verified that labor trafficking usually goes unreported, and law enforcement often have difficulty distinguishing labor trafficking from other workplace exploitation. Policy and practice implications of this research for federal and local law enforcement and victims' service agencies are outlined.
Abstract | PDF
 
Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification-Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool (June 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 455 pages, NCJ 246712. This guide provides users with recommendations on how to build trust with potential victims, maintain confidentiality, and use the tool correctly. When properly used, the tool could give victim service providers, law enforcement and legal, healthcare, and social service providers with a standard means of identifying victims of human trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
 
Screening for Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT) (June 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 37 pages, NCJ 246713. This tool is designed for victim service providers and other providers to assist in identifying victims of human trafficking. Developed over the last seven years by the Vera Institute of Justice in collaboration with 11 victim service organizations in California, Colorado, New York, Texas and Washington, this NIJ-funded tool has been validated with a diverse sample of potential victims of trafficking and found reliable in predicting labor and sex trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
 
Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities (March 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 350 pages, NCJ 245295. NIJ-funded researchers at the Urban Institute have completed a study of the underground commercial sex economy in eight cities--Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Seattle, San Diego, and Washington, DC. The study is a first step toward building scientific understanding of the illicit sex market.
Abstract | PDF
 
National Survey of Residential Programs for Victims of Sex Trafficking (October 2013) BJA-Sponsored, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 244678. Residential programs around the country were surveyed in order to learn how many residential programs for victims of sex trafficking were in operation. Thirty-three residential programs in the United States were found that offer services to trafficking. This report found a total of 682 beds for trafficking victims in the U.S.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

ARC Community Services, Inc.
ARC Community Services, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency providing innovative, women responsive, strengths-based, family focused, community-based wraparound services since 1976, to women and their children/families in the Metropolitan Area of Madison, Wisconsin. With funding from OVC, ARC provides services for victims of human trafficking.
 
Catholic Charities St. Paul
Through funding from OVC, Catholic Charities St. Paul provides services to victims of human trafficking in the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
City of Indianapolis/Julian Center
The Julian Center supports victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises in Indianapolis, Indiana. Additionally, through funding from OVC, the Center provides services to foreign national victims of human trafficking.
 
International Institute of Buffalo
The International Institute of Buffalo has assisted immigrants, refugees, and others who face linguistic and cultural barriers to become self-sufficient, active members of the community in Western New York state. Through funding from OVC, the Institute provides comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking.
 
World Relief Corporation
The World Relief Corporation receives funding from OVC to provide comprehensive services for all victims of human trafficking.
 

Federal Resources

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Women in Development (WID)
USAID's WID program supports the education of girls and fosters economic and political opportunities for women. These programs help create conditions that lessen the vulnerability of women and children to traffickers. USAID also funds direct anti-trafficking programs, which are described in more detail in Trafficking in Persons: USAID's Response.
 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
ORR helps refugees and other special populations (such as adult victims of severe forms of trafficking) obtain economic and social self-sufficiency in the United States. ORR is responsible for certifying adult victims of human trafficking so that they may receive federally funded benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. More information about ORR benefits and services to victims of human trafficking is located on their Web site.
 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS)
CEOS works to combat incidences of child exploitation and trafficking of women and children. Issues under the CEOS umbrella include child pornography, illegal interstate or international transportation of women and children, international parental abduction, computer-related exploitation of children, and child victimization on federal and Indian lands.
 
U.S. Department of State: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
The Center is a joint venture of participating agencies, which include the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other governmental agencies. This Office provides critical resources for the fight against trafficking by assisting in the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts around the world and in the U.S. This Office also has the responsibility for drafting the annual Trafficking in Persons Report, which discusses the actions that countries, including the U.S., have taken to combat trafficking in persons in that year.
 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): Human Trafficking
ICE's Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit works to identify criminals and organizations involved in illicit human trafficking and human smuggling activities.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Child Labor Public Education Project
The Child Labor Public Education Project provides educational workshops and materials on a range of issues regarding child labor in the U.S. and other countries.
 
End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)
This organization seeks to educate those who respond to gender-based violence, equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable. EVAWI maintains a comprehensive resource library of publications, policies, protocols, and training tools on topics such as domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, cold cases, trauma, human trafficking and more.
 
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
This organization works in coordination with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide services to victims of trafficking under the age of 18. Victims receive foster care placement and other benefits and services.
 
National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP)
NIWAP is a national provider of training, legal and social science research, policy development, and technical assistance to providers and allied professionals who work with immigrant women, children and crime victims. NIWAP hosts a library which contains numerous resources on the legal rights of immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and other crimes.
 
Vital Voices Global Partnership
Vital Voices Global Partnership is at the forefront of international coalitions to combat human trafficking and other forms of violence against women and girls.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Jan 21 2015 at 2:00PM, Shannon Going, Attorney Director of Casa Cornelia Law Center’s Human Trafficking Program, and Carol Gomez, LCSW - Founder, Hearts and Minds Solidarity Project and Founder/Former Executive Director of MataHari: Eye of the Day, hosted a discussion on Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities

On Jan 29 2014 at 2:00PM, Mary Atlas-Terry, Victim Justice Program Specialist, OVC, and Corey Walz, Special Assistant to the Chair of the DHS Blue Campaign, and Katherine Chon, Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons, HHS, hosted a discussion on Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan

On Mar 6 2013 at 2:00PM, Jean Bruggeman, Human Trafficking Fellow with the Office for Victims of Crime, and Robin Hassler Thompson, consultant on issues related to human trafficking and domestic and sexual violence law and policy, hosted a discussion on Meeting Legal Needs of Adult and Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

On Aug 22 2012 at 2:00PM, Ari Redbord, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Derek Marsh, Lieutenant with Westminster Police Department in California, hosted a discussion on Implementing the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Model

On Jan 19 2012 at 2:00PM, Constance Rossiter, Program Director for the Trafficked Persons Assistance Program at YMCA International Services, and Cynthia Kennedy, LICSW, and Outreach Coordinator at Project REACH, hosted a discussion on Intersections Between Human Trafficking and Other Vulnerable Populations


FAQs

What type of protection does the U.S. Department of Justice provide to trafficking victims?
Information for trafficking victims is available in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) brochu... Read More

What steps are being taken by the Federal government to combat human trafficking?
Information on government efforts to combat human trafficking can be found in the following annual r... Read More

How can I obtain a copy of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) video, Victims of Trafficking: Far From Home and Helpless, NCJ 182334?
Due to a release agreement signed by the victims appearing in this video and U.S. Department of Just... Read More

How do I report human trafficking?
Call 1-888-373-7888 (toll-free) or text BeFree (233733) to the National Human Trafficking Resource C... Read More

What is the total number of human trafficking victims worldwide?
Data on the number of trafficking victims worldwide are available in the annual Trafficking in Perso... Read More

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Funding

FY 2015 Training and Technical Assistance on Comprehensive Legal Services for Human Trafficking Victims (PDF 180 kb)
Deadline: 06/18/2015
Note to Applicants: OVC has revised this solicitation to expand the eligibility requirements (see "Eligibility", pg. 1) and eliminate the match requirement (see "Budget Information", page 7.) If you have questions about these changes, please call the point of contact listed on pg. 2 of the solicitation. OVC will make up to 2 awards of up to $500,000 to expand access to comprehensive legal services for victims of human trafficking through training and technical assistance. Trafficking victims face an array of legal challenges including: immigration, family law, employment law, victims’ rights enforcement, civil actions, criminal restitution, and criminal records expungement/vacatur. Access to trained legal counsel assists victims in increasing their safety, financial security, independence, and self-sufficiency. This program seeks to expand the capacity of the existing legal services network to meet these critical needs. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of June 18, 2015.


FY 2015 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 240 kb)
Deadline: 06/01/2015
OVC will make up to nine awards of up to $600,000 to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking, including services for underserved victims of human trafficking such as American Indians and/or Alaska Natives or individuals who identify as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning. Funding will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the June 1, 2015 deadline.


FY 2015 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking (PDF 233 kb)
Deadline: 06/01/2015
OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $750,000 to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist all victims of human trafficking in achieving their goals, which may include increased autonomy and self-sufficiency, and an increased feeling of safety and well-being. The primary objectives of this funding opportunity are to enhance interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and to provide high-quality services that address the individualized needs of trafficking victims. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the June 1, 2015 deadline.

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