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ANNOUNCEMENTS

OVC Resources Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a horrendous crime that impacts communities throughout our nation. With increased awareness, improved services for victims, and effective prosecutions, we can work together to fight this crime and support the survivors.

In an effort to help communities prepare for local events for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month this January, we highlight the following OVC resources –

Faces of Human Trafficking Resource GuideFaces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide
This multidisciplinary resource can be used to raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can take, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims.

This resource includes nine videos, a discussion guide, four fact sheets, and four posters. The guide can be viewed online or a limited quantity of physical copies may be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (shipping and handling fees will be applied.)

Human Trafficking Task Force E-GuideHuman Trafficking Task Force E-Guide
Developed in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this Guide is a resource to support established task forces and provide guidance to agencies that are forming task forces.

Its purpose is to assist in the development and day to day operations of an anti-human trafficking task force and to provide fundamental guidance for effective task force operations.

(Posted November 22, 2016)


New Video Series Supports Alaska Native Victims of Crime

A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives is an educational video series designed for federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

The videos in this series—

A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives
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  • increase awareness about violence committed against Alaska Natives.
  • identify first responders to Alaska Native victims of crime.
  • illustrate the challenges faced by Alaska Native victims and the critical role that culture and tradition play in both the well–being of Alaska Natives and in helping victims and communities heal.
  • present techniques and strategies for enhancing responses to and the investigation of violence against Alaska Natives.
  • illustrate – through case studies and personal experiences – how local customs, traditions, and best practices underscore the need for a multidisciplinary, multijurisdictional, collaborative response to violence committed against Alaska Natives.

View the videos online or order the DVD from the OVC Resource Center.

(Posted October 26, 2016)


Department of Justice Awards Funding to Combat Human Trafficking and Serve Victims

The Department of Justice announced more than $49 million in grant funding to combat human trafficking and serve victims. This funding will support the task forces that investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases, assist child victims of sex trafficking, support research designed to improve our understanding of the nature of human trafficking crimes, and assist in efforts to develop best practices to prevent and respond to such crimes. More than $20 million of this funding was awarded by OVC to 34 victim service providers. This funding will provide comprehensive services to human trafficking victims or offer specialized services for victims of human trafficking, including culturally, linguistically and developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed services for underserved victims.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch states that ”the Department of Justice is committed to fighting human trafficking, a heinous crime that preys on the young and the defenseless. These critical grants will fund efforts across the country to deepen our understanding of this appalling practice, to bring traffickers to justice, and to support survivors as they heal and begin their lives anew.”

(Posted September 29, 2016)


Victims’ Voices Guide the New OVC Resources on Human Trafficking

The Faces of Human Trafficking video series and resource guide raises awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes:

  • Nine videos In English with Spanish subtitle
  • Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog
  • A discussion guide
  • Four OVC fact sheets
  • Four posters designed for audiences of service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors

(Posted January 19, 2016)


OTHER FEDERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

OVC Grantee Providing Services to Victims of Human Trafficking Highlighted by White House

The Thai Community Development Center of Los Angeles, an OVC grantee, was recently recognized during a White House roundtable discussion on the serving trafficking victims and how they differ from other crime victims.

More details on this roundtable, sponsored by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), were shared in a White House blog post. The work of this initiative represents one component of a holistic approach by the White House to provide innovative approaches to investigate and prosecute offenders and ensure that trafficking victims receive culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

The Thai Community Development Center was highlighted for their efforts in supporting victims of human trafficking. The center receives funding from OVC to provide specialized case management, mental health services, and legal services to AAPI victims of human trafficking in partnership with other organizations participating in the Asian Pacific Islander Human Trafficking Task Force in greater Los Angeles.

Learn more about the work of the Thai Community Development Center and other OVC and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grantees by visiting the Matrix of OVC/BJA-Funded Human Trafficking Services Grantees and Task Forces.

(Posted December 16, 2016)


U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Releases Inaugural Report

Survivors of human trafficking bring a profound understanding of this issue based on their direct experience. They provide the clues investigators need as evidence in court, signs a community needs to recognize trafficking, and insight into effective and compassionate responses to victims.

The first-ever United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Annual Report, 2016 provides actionable recommendations to the U.S. government for its work both nationally and internationally in this field. Recommendations include suggestions to improve collaboration with stakeholders to further engage survivors to prevent and respond to human trafficking.

(Posted November 17, 2016)

Coming Soon: Community Challenge to Improve Services to Survivors of Human Trafficking

The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking recently announced the third and final Partnership for Freedom Challenge: Pathways to Freedom.

For survivors of human trafficking, leaving their trafficking situation is only the first step to rebuilding their lives. Too many survivors still struggle to access services and be recognized as survivors of a crime.

Pathways to Freedom will challenge local communities to address policies, practices, and perceptions to ensure that every survivor of trafficking receives the respect, support, and opportunities that they deserve.

Pathways to Freedom will launch in winter 2017. In the following months, the Partnership for Freedom will share stories, news, and resources that highlight the realities that survivors face and motivate communities to take action.

Join the Pathways to Freedom Email List to receive an update as soon as the challenge is released.

(Posted October 24, 2016)

FBI Services Aid Human Trafficking Victims

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the tragic effects of human trafficking and highlight the services aimed at eradicating this issue. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a number of initiatives aimed at investigating human trafficking operations and aiding victims recover from their harrowing experiences. These programs include FBI efforts to identify adult and juvenile foreign nationals forced into slave labor or sex trafficking; identify and recover child victims of commercial sexual exploitation; and the Office of Victim Assistance, which provides direct services to human trafficking survivors. View the full blog at fbi.gov. (Posted January 26, 2016)

President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

The White House has released the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) fact sheet. This fact sheet provides an overview of the Obama Administration’s four priority areas to combat human trafficking: rule of law, victim services, procurement and supply chains, and public awareness and outreach. It also highlights PITF achievements including last month’s announcement of the new U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, which consists of survivors who will provide input and expertise to federal agencies on U.S. anti-trafficking policy. View the fact sheet at whitehouse.gov. (Posted January 15, 2016)

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

In his proclamation to commemorate this awareness month, President Barack Obama highlights the importance of assisting victims of human trafficking and to combating this abhorrent crime. President Obama states, “During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, let us recognize the victims of trafficking, and let us resolve to build a future in which its perpetrators are brought to justice and no people are denied their inherent human rights of freedom and dignity.” View the full proclamation at whitehouse.gov. (Posted January 15, 2016)

Six New Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams Announced by Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Labor

The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Labor have announced the selection of six new Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams. These teams will lead Phase II of the ACTeam Initiative, an interagency effort to streamline federal criminal investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking offenses. Over the next two years, teams are expected to dismantle human-trafficking networks, protect the rights of victims, and bring traffickers to justice. “These Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams are the most effective way to investigate human trafficking by allowing us to work in a collaborative, victim-oriented manner,” said FBI Director James B. Comey. (Posted January 15, 2016)

Human Trafficking Grants Awarded for Rural Communities—The U.S. Administration for Children and Families recently announced awards from a new grant program to support domestic victims of human trafficking in rural communities. Runaway and homeless youth, survivors of violence and abuse, and Native Americans are among high-risk populations for human trafficking in rural areas. As part of the grant program, funding was awarded to Mountain Plain Youth Services/Youthworks in North Dakota, to support youth ages 13 to 21 who are at risk for trafficking, have been recovered from trafficking, or identify as being trafficked. View the full story at acf.hhs.gov. (Posted January 8, 2016)

Brief on Child Welfare and Human Trafficking Now Available

The Child Welfare Information Gateway, in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, has released “Child Welfare and Human Trafficking.” This issue brief provides an overview of the crossover efforts between child welfare and the work to prevent and respond to human trafficking of children and youth nationwide. It places a special emphasis on sex trafficking of children and youth. This brief describes background information, Federal legislation, the needs of victims, and ways child welfare agencies can address the trafficking of children. View the issue brief at childwelfare.gov. (Posted September 24, 2015)

State Department Releases 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

The U.S. Department of State has released the Trafficking in Persons Report, 2015. The report is the federal government’s principle tool to engage foreign governments in dialogues to combat human trafficking. This year’s report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and outlines steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking and protecting victims. View the full report at state.gov. (Posted September 11, 2015)

Attorney General Lynch Addresses North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking—In her remarks to the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Attorney General Loretta Lynch lauded the state’s collaborative efforts to stop human trafficking. Lynch said eradicating human trafficking in the U.S. is one of her top priorities, describing it as “modern-day slavery.” Lynch highlighted OVC’s efforts to fund victims’ services organizations, including the Salvation Army’s Project FIGHT, Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Battered Immigrant Project and the North Carolina Victims’ Assistance Network. Lynch also spoke about the federal interagency Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team Initiative that coordinates, streamlines and enhances anti-trafficking work. View the press release at http://www.justice.gov. (Posted July 29, 2015)

 

Past Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENTS

January 2017

Funding Opportunity: Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance for Service Providers

OVC seeks applicants to provide intensive training and technical assistance to trafficking service providers (PDF 259 kb) in one of two focus areas: (1) housing, and (2) employment, in order to assist them in developing and implementing meaningful housing and/or employment practices.

The objectives of this program are to improve quality and quantity of services in the selected purpose area offered to trafficking survivors by increasing capacity of victim service providers nationwide through training and technical assistance, and to improve victim service providers’ partnerships at the national, state, and local level with relevant purpose area stakeholders.

OVC expects to make up to two awards (one per purpose area) of up to $850,000. Apply by March 16, 2017.

(Posted January 17, 2017)


Funding Opportunity: Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Awards of up to $600,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist all victims of human trafficking (PDF 306 kb), including services for underserved or unserved populations such as men and boys, American Indians and Alaska Natives, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and individuals who identify as 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.

Apply by March 9, 2017.

(Posted January 11, 2017)


Funding Opportunity: Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces (PDF, 364 kb) that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages.

Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers who submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how the funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application.

Potential applicants are encouraged to register for a pre-application webinar at 2:00 p.m. eastern time on January 17, 2017. The webinar will assist potential applicants in developing strong proposals and provide guidance on the application process.

Apply by February 27, 2017.

(Posted January 4, 2017)


December 2016

Funding Opportunity: Enhance Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

Awards of up to $750,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of comprehensive services available to assist all victims of human trafficking(PDF 256 kb) by enhancing interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and by providing high-quality services that address the individual needs of trafficking victims.

Funding will also aid 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.

Apply by February 21, 2017.

(Posted December 19, 2016)


Funding Opportunity: Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC will make up to two awards of up to $1.5 million each for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking (PDF 321.24 kb).

Applicants must identify the state or tribe’s greatest barriers to identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or to investigating and prosecuting these cases and develop a jurisdiction-wide strategy to address these challenges.

Applicants must also describe how the program would leverage existing victim assistance, law enforcement, and child welfare efforts against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth in the state or in the tribal jurisdiction. Apply by February 13, 2017.

(Posted December 12, 2016)


September 2016

Attorney General Lynch Announces $44 Million in Grant Funding to Combat Human Trafficking and Support Survivors

As part of her commitment to combat human trafficking, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced more than $44 million in grant funding to combat human trafficking during her remarks today in Seattle, Washington, to the Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking. “Human traffickers prey on some of the most vulnerable members of our society, and their crimes – which are nothing short of modern-day slavery – have no place in this country,” said Attorney General Lynch. “These grants – administered by the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the National Institute of Justice – will fund efforts across the country to fight human trafficking, to provide services for survivors and to expand research going forward.” View a complete list of awards.

(Posted September 25, 2015)


May 2016

Funding Opportunity: Fellowship Programs to Further the Goals of Vision 21

OVC seeks fellowship proposals in nine purpose areas that further the goals of Vision 21 by supporting OVC’s efforts to provide training, technical assistance, capacity building, assessment, or strategic planning. Through these cooperative agreements, OVC will make one award for each of the nine purpose areas of up to $150,000 to individuals to work with OVC. Purpose areas 1 and 2 seek to address gaps in services to victims of human trafficking –

  • Purpose Area 1: The Human Trafficking Task Forces Fellowship will address the victim services component of human trafficking task forces, with an emphasis on addressing gaps in task force capacity to identify and rescue victims of labor trafficking, and to work collaboratively with law enforcement and victim service providers to ensure that all victims, including labor trafficking victims, receive needed services.
  • Purpose Area 2: The Human Trafficking Survivor-Informed Services Fellowship will promote “survivor-informed” victim services in human trafficking and ultimately to promote engagement and leadership of human trafficking survivors in all aspects of anti-human trafficking activities, but especially the delivery of services.

Apply by July 11, 2016.

(Posted May 26, 2016)


April 2016

Funding Opportunity: Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Sex and Labor Trafficking

OVC will make up to two awards between $1 million and $3 million to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking (PDF 255 kb). The purpose of this grant is to identify a state or federally recognized Indian tribe’s greatest challenge in addressing trafficking of children and youth and to improve jurisdiction-wide coordination and multidisciplinary collaboration to address human trafficking involving children and youth. Apply by June 29, 2016.

(Posted April 29, 2016)


Funding Opportunities: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking

OVC announces two grant opportunities to increase services for urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of sex trafficking. The FY 2016 Project Beacon: Increasing Services to American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking (PDF 237 kb) funding opportunity will award up to $450,000 to eligible applicants whose primary mission is to provide services and assistance to AI/AN individuals who reside in urban population centers to develop their organizational capacity to provide direct services to AI/AN sex trafficking victims. Apply by June 21, 2016.

The FY 2016 Project Beacon Training and Technical Assistance Project (PDF 184 kb) funding opportunity will award up to $450,000 to one eligible applicant to provide training and technical assistance to award recipients under the FY 2016 Project Beacon: Increasing Services to American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking (Project Beacon) solicitation. The recipient of this award will provide ongoing education, training, support, and guidance to Project Beacon grantees. Apply by June 21, 2016.

(Posted April 22, 2016)


March 2016

Funding Opportunity: FY 2016 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Awards of up to $600,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist all victims of human trafficking (PDF 247 kb), including services for underserved or unserved populations. 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. Apply by May 12, 2016.

(Posted March 28, 2016)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2016 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

Awards of up to $750,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of comprehensive services available to assist all victims of human trafficking by enhancing interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and through the provision of high-quality services that address the individual needs of trafficking victims. Funding will also aid 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. Apply by May 2, 2016.

(Posted March 16, 2016)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2016 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking

OVC and BJA will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to develop and enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces (PDF, 398 kb) that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages. Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers who submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how the funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Deadline: May 10, 2016.

(Posted March 8, 2016)


April 2015

Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Training and Technical Assistance on Comprehensive Legal Services for Human Trafficking Victims

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.  Awards of up to $500,000 will be made 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 and 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. Apply by June 18, 2015. (Posted April 17, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Awards of up to $600,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking, including services for underserved victims of human trafficking. 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. Apply by June 1, 2015. (Posted April 16, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

Awards of up to $750,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist all victims of human trafficking in achieving their goals. Funding will support interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking and the provision of high-quality services that address the individualized needs of trafficking victims. Apply by June 1, 2015. (Posted April 16, 2015)


March 2015

Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking

OVC and BJA will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to develop and enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages. Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers who submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how the funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Deadline: May 11, 2015. (Posted March 11, 2015)


November 2014

Updated Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide Now Available

OVC and BJA release the newly expanded and enhanced Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide, an online resource which provides practical information on the creation and day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces. It includes several new sections and strategies to strengthen multidisciplinary collaboration, increase victim identification, enhance victim-centered investigation, and build stronger prosecution strategies. The e-Guide also has been redesigned to help navigate content more easily and locate information faster to ultimately strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to assist victims of human trafficking. (Posted November 6, 2014)




OTHER FEDERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

September 2016

Register for Free Webinars on Human Trafficking Awareness and Response

SOAR logoThe Administration for Children and Families and the Office on Women’s Health with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are delighted to announce that they will be offering the Stop. Observe. Ask. Respond to Human Trafficking (SOAR) training through 10 virtual training sessions for health care providers, public health professionals, social workers, and behavioral health professionals.

HHS worked extensively with health care experts, social service providers, and trafficking survivors through the 2016 SOAR Technical Working Group to develop this training content and ensure that the most pertinent information and resources were included for the intended audiences.

This three hour training aims to equip health care and social service providers with the following:

  • Stop — Become aware of the scope of human trafficking in these settings.
  • Observe — Recognize the verbal and non–verbal indicators of human trafficking.
  • Ask — Identify and interact with a potential human trafficking victim using a victim–centered, trauma–informed approach.
  • Respond — Respond effectively to a potential human trafficking victim by identifying needs and available resources to provide critical support and assistance.
For more information and to register, visit the SOAR training webpage. (Posted August 23, 2016)


February 2015

Human Trafficking: New Approaches Emerge for Combating Crime—Jean Bruggeman, OVC’s Human Trafficking Fellow, wrote a blog post for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center on the need for a multi-pronged approach to combating human trafficking. Because traffickers can be part of a violent gang, international network, or even the victims' families, a variety of techniques are needed to hold traffickers accountable, stop victimization, and support the survivors. View the full story at ojpdiagnosticcenter.org. (Posted February 18, 2015)


Official Reports Progress in Awareness of Human Trafficking—The Department of Defense is showing a nearly 20 percent jump in workforce awareness of slavery and human trafficking issues, according to a recent survey. Sam Yousef, manager for DoD’s Combating Trafficking in Persons program, attributes the gains to mandatory annual workforce training. “The training is primarily for contractor officers and contracting officer representatives (on foreign soil),” Yousef said. “It gives them highlighted awareness of their responsibilities in managing contracts as they relate to human trafficking.”  View the full story at defense.gov. (Posted February 18, 2015)


National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month—In his proclamation to commemorate this awareness month, President Barack Obama highlights the cruelty that victims of human trafficking face. Human trafficking takes many forms. The President states that “[d]uring National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we stand with the survivors, advocates, and organizations dedicated to building a world where our people and our children are not for sale.” View the full proclamation at whitehouse.gov. (Posted February 18, 2015)


FBI Releases Expanded Crime Statistics for 2013—The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program released its third annual compilation of statistics from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), providing expanded data on more than 4.9 million criminal incidents reported to law enforcement in 2013. This latest report includes information about new collection standards—and new data—including the addition of human trafficking offenses. View the full story at fbi.gov. (Posted February 18, 2015)


Victims Share Their Stories—A 12-year-old Cambodian girl sold by her mother to a man to pay for the family's fishing nets. A Mexican woman hoping to make a new life for her young boys comes to America, only to be forced to work in a sewing factory where she was severely beaten. These are the stories of human trafficking around the world. Victims share them to shed light on suffering and inspire change. Ioana, who moved away from her family with her boyfriend only to have him sell her on an adult website, said, "I don’t want this to happen to any other girls again." View more victim stories from within the Trafficking in Persons Report 2014 at state.gov. (Posted February 18, 2015)


Understanding Labor Trafficking in the U.S.—A recently released study examining more than 120 closed cases looked at how labor trafficking victims were recruited, held into servitude, and escaped.  Unfortunately, these investigations were not prioritized by local law enforcement agencies, with no arrests made in more than half of the cases with identified suspects. In addition, many victims did not receive specialized services for months or years, due in part to expired temporary visas. The study recommends a combination of law enforcement education, labor and immigration law reform, public awareness campaigns, and increased victim services to combat this prevalent issue.  Read the full report at ncjrs.gov. (Posted February 18, 2015)


DoD Offers Human Trafficking Refresher Course—As part of its commitment to educating staff who have daily contact with Department of Defense contractors and foreign nationals, The Combating Trafficking in Persons Program Office recently released a new training. The refresher course is designed for all DoD personnel who completed the full-length CTIP General Awareness Training within the previous three years. Available in several formats, the 15-minute course allows participants to practice applying their knowledge through several real-life sex trafficking and labor trafficking scenarios.  View the training at citp.defense.gov. (Posted February 18, 2015)