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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

2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2016) OVC, 108 pages, NCJ 249210.
The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 to 16, highlights this year’s theme, Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. The Guide includes user-friendly outreach tools and sample products, information on the history of victims’ rights in the United States, and practical ideas to show how serving victims and building trust restores hope and strengthens communities. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish.
Abstract | PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish) | HTML (English) | HTML (Spanish)
 
Office for Victims of Crime Snapshot Report: Data Summary from OVC's Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS), January 1 through December 31, 2012 (March 2016) OVC, NCJ 249680.
This report summarizes the activities of 39 OVC human trafficking victim services grantees from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. It highlights key statistics on the trafficking population served, grantee collaborative partners, services provided, and outreach and training efforts supported by OVC funding.
PDF
 
Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) OVC, NCJ 248754.
This video series and resource guide raise 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 with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
HTML
 
2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2015) OVC, PS000030.
The 2016 NCVRW Theme Poster evokes the theme-Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—which underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery. The poster is available for download in in color or black and white and can be customized by your organization before printing.
PDF (Color, 22' x 28') | PDF (Black and White, 22' x 28') | PDF (Customizable, Color) | PDF (Customizable, Black and White)
 
Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Years 2013-2014 Status Report (July 2015) OVC, Report, 64 pages, NCJ 248967.
The Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017. This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal years 2013-2014 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan 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
 

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
 
Evaluation of Services for Domestic Minor Victims of Human Trafficking (August 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 115 pages, NCJ 248578.
This primary goals of this evaluation were documenting program implementation of the three OVC funded programs, identify promising practices for service delivery programs, and informing delivery of current and future efforts to serve victims of sex and labor trafficking of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents under the age of 18.
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
 

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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 is the Federal Government doing to combat human trafficking?
Although the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has long enforced criminal laws against involuntary se... 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 Attorney General's... 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?
Although it is difficult to measure the magnitude of human trafficking, the International Labour Org... 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 2016 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking: A Jurisdiction-wide Approach (PDF 255 kb)
Deadline: 06/29/2016
OVC will make up to two awards of amounts 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. 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. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the June 29, 2016, deadline.


FY 2016 Project Beacon: Increasing Services to American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking (PDF 237 kb)
Deadline: 06/21/2016
OVC will make up to three awards up to $450,000 each to eligible applicants whose primary mission is to provide services and assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals who reside in urban population centers. Award recipients will use their funding to develop their organizational capacity to provide direct services to AI/AN victims of sex trafficking. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the June 21, 2016, deadline.


FY 2016 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 247 kb)
Deadline: 05/12/2016
OVC will make awards of up to $600,000 to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist all victims of human trafficking, including services for underserved or unserved populations such as men and boys, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, or individuals who identify as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ). 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. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the May 12, 2016, deadline.


FY 2016 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking (PDF 378 kb)
Deadline: 05/10/2016
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 this funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 10, 2016, 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

2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2016) OVC, 108 pages, NCJ 249210. The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 to 16, highlights this year’s theme, Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. The Guide includes user-friendly outreach tools and sample products, information on the history of victims’ rights in the United States, and practical ideas to show how serving victims and building trust restores hope and strengthens communities. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish.
Abstract | PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish) | HTML (English) | HTML (Spanish)
 
Office for Victims of Crime Snapshot Report: Data Summary from OVC's Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS), January 1 through December 31, 2012 (March 2016) OVC, NCJ 249680. This report summarizes the activities of 39 OVC human trafficking victim services grantees from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. It highlights key statistics on the trafficking population served, grantee collaborative partners, services provided, and outreach and training efforts supported by OVC funding.
PDF
 
Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) OVC, NCJ 248754. This video series and resource guide raise 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 with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
HTML
 
2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2015) OVC, PS000030. The 2016 NCVRW Theme Poster evokes the theme-Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—which underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery. The poster is available for download in in color or black and white and can be customized by your organization before printing.
PDF (Color, 22' x 28') | PDF (Black and White, 22' x 28') | PDF (Customizable, Color) | PDF (Customizable, Black and White)
 
Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Years 2013-2014 Status Report (July 2015) OVC, Report, 64 pages, NCJ 248967. The Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017. This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal years 2013-2014 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan 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
 

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
 
Evaluation of Services for Domestic Minor Victims of Human Trafficking (August 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 115 pages, NCJ 248578. This primary goals of this evaluation were documenting program implementation of the three OVC funded programs, identify promising practices for service delivery programs, and informing delivery of current and future efforts to serve victims of sex and labor trafficking of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents under the age of 18.
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
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Agency's Use of Technology Best Practices & Policies Toolkit
When using technology, both victim advocates and survivors need to consider safety, privacy, and security. This resource provides guidance for programs that provide services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking on best practices to help maintain the safety and security of crime victims and their personal information. The toolkit was produced by the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net Project which develops resources and information on the use of technology for survivors and the agencies that support them.
 
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (formerly Nihonmachi Legal Outreach), is a community-based, social justice organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander communities of the Greater San Francisco, California Bay Area. This organization provides legal, social, and educational services in more than a dozen languages and dialects including Cantonese, Chiu-Chow, Hindi, Ilocano, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
 
Department of Labor & Industrial Relations Office of Community Services
The Office of Community Services assists Hawaii's low-income, immigrant and refugee populations to overcome and alleviate workforce barriers to economic self-sufficiency via an array of community-based programs and services. Through funding from OVC, this agency provides comprehensive services for victims of human trafficking.
 
Safe Horizon
Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families, and communities. Safe Horizon's program to assist victims and survivors of human trafficking helps deliver intensive case management, shelter, legal services, and mental health care to survivors of trafficking.
 
SAGE Project, Inc.
The SAGE Project is a nonprofit organization with one primary aim: bringing an end to the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adults (CSE/CSEC). SAGE contributes to that goal by raising awareness about CSE/CSEC issues, and by providing outreach and services to CSE/CSEC survivors.
 

Federal Resources

CrimeSolutions.gov
CrimeSolutions.gov is a searchable online database of evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics, including victim assistance programs; corrections; courts; crime prevention; substance abuse; juveniles; law enforcement; and technology and forensics. The site is a tool to understand, access and integrate scientific evidence about programs into programmatic and policy decisions.
 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
The USCIS within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers this Web page of federal agency links to information about the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, implementation of the law, and victim benefits and services.
 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking
ACF offers Rescue & Restore, a public awareness Web site to combat human trafficking, and a referral hotline, 1-888-373-7888, that connects victims with NGOs in their local area. The Rescue & Restore Campaign website offers outreach kits to educate and assist health care providers, social service providers, and law enforcement officers in their efforts to identify and help victims of trafficking.
 
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.
 
White House: End Human Trafficking
This section on the White House Web site provides updates on the Administration's actions to combat human trafficking and assist trafficking victims.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Freedom Network USA
The Freedom Network develops local and national networks in the U.S. and links to international networks to carry out its mission of empowering trafficked and enslaved persons. Mission objectives include raising public awareness and advocating for victims at all levels (local or international).
 
International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC): Human Trafficking
ICMC has worked in countries of origin, transit and destination to combat trafficking and provide protection and assistance to those affected.
 
International Rescue Committee
The IRC provides assistance to refugees, displaced persons and others fleeing persecution and violent conflict throughout the world. Often one of the first agencies on the scene of an emergency, the IRC delivers critical medical and public health services, food, and shelter. Once a crisis stabilizes, it provides education, training, economic assistance and, if necessary, resettlement assistance.
 
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.
 

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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 is the Federal Government doing to combat human trafficking?
Although the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has long enforced criminal laws against involuntary se... 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 Attorney General's... 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?
Although it is difficult to measure the magnitude of human trafficking, the International Labour Org... Read More

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Funding

FY 2016 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking: A Jurisdiction-wide Approach (PDF 255 kb)
Deadline: 06/29/2016
OVC will make up to two awards of amounts 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. 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. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the June 29, 2016, deadline.


FY 2016 Project Beacon: Increasing Services to American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking (PDF 237 kb)
Deadline: 06/21/2016
OVC will make up to three awards up to $450,000 each to eligible applicants whose primary mission is to provide services and assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals who reside in urban population centers. Award recipients will use their funding to develop their organizational capacity to provide direct services to AI/AN victims of sex trafficking. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the June 21, 2016, deadline.


FY 2016 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 247 kb)
Deadline: 05/12/2016
OVC will make awards of up to $600,000 to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist all victims of human trafficking, including services for underserved or unserved populations such as men and boys, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, or individuals who identify as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ). 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. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the May 12, 2016, deadline.


FY 2016 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking (PDF 378 kb)
Deadline: 05/10/2016
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 this funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 10, 2016, deadline.

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Portland, OR
06/10/2016-06/11/2016

2016 National Center for Victims of Crime National Training Institute
Philadelphia, PA
09/19/2016-09/21/2016

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