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ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Guidance on Creating Human Trafficking Public Awareness and Training Materials

The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) has released the Senior Policy Operating Group Public Awareness and Outreach Committee Guide For Public Awareness Materials (non-binding) publication.

This guide serves as a public resource that reflects the common messaging, standard statistics, and shared guidelines on images that Senior Policy Operating Group (SPOG) agencies use when creating public awareness and training materials on human trafficking. Other organizations and members of the public are encouraged to follow this guide and incorporate it into their organization policies and practices.

Among the recommendations in this guide is to avoid images that display physical abuse, reinforce misconceptions about human trafficking, or sensationalize the issue, such as those depicting victims of trafficking in chains, behind bars, or in handcuffs.

The PITF consists of 19 federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, responsible for coordinating U.S. government-wide efforts to combat trafficking in persons. The SPOG consists of senior officials designated as representatives of the PITF agencies. Both the PITF and SPOG work year-round to address the many aspects of human trafficking both in the United States and around the world.


Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking.

Applicants are invited to apply under the following three purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Developing Capacity to Serve Human Trafficking Victims
Under Purpose Area 1, up to 10 awards of up to $350,000 each will be made to organizations that have not received OVC human trafficking grants since 2015. The purpose of these awards is to support organizations that have limited or no prior experience in serving victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 2: Enhancing Scope of Services for Human Trafficking Victims
Under Purpose Area 2, up to 10 awards of up to $750,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a range of services to victims of human trafficking. The purpose of these awards is to enhance the scope of services offered by the organization (directly or through partnerships) that victims of human trafficking often require to address their needs.

Purpose Area 3: Specialized Services for Human Trafficking Victims
Under Purpose Area 3, up to 10 awards of up to $550,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a specialized service to victims of human trafficking. The goal is to increase the quality and quantity of the specialized to assist victims of all forms of human trafficking.

OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Thursday, April 2, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

View changes to page 8 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/services-for-victims-of-ht-change.pdf.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020; Updated March 27, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for minor victims of labor trafficking, whose victimization occurred when they were under the age of 18.

Organizations funded under this program will provide (directly and through partnerships) services that minor victims of labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing.

OVC anticipates making up to three awards of up to $666,667 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking by supporting the delivery of specialized training and technical assistance to victim service-providing agencies and organizations to enhance their ability to provide appropriate housing for victims of human trafficking. Priority support will be given to OVC human trafficking grantees.

The selected applicant must be able to assist service providers on a national scale in leveraging existing federal, state, local, and private housing programs and initiatives that trafficking survivors may qualify for, and should demonstrate partnerships with relevant housing stakeholders.

OVC anticipates making one award of up to $2 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, May 14, 2020.


Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

OVC is seeking applications 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.

The overall goal of the program is to improve responses for child and youth victims of trafficking with a focus on coordination at the statewide or tribal jurisdiction level to create effective change across systems. Recognizing that each jurisdiction is unique, applicants should 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 trafficking cases, and propose a program to systematically address those barriers.

OVC anticipates making up to four awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityApply for the OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking solicitation.

OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) are seeking applications to develop or support multidisciplinary task forces to combat human trafficking. This program has two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces: will support human trafficking task forces that have recently formed and are still in the process of formalizing task force structure and protocols. Funding under this purpose area is intended to help task forces with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary task force.

Purpose Area 2: Expanding Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness: allows task forces to compete for funding to expand their task force operations and partnerships, implement task force sustainability plans, and assist OJP in building the capacity of other task forces in the field.

Each task force selected for funding will receive two separate grants: one from OVC to a victim service partner, and one from BJA to a state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency partner.

OVC and BJA anticipate making 18 awards under Purpose Area 1 (9 task forces) of up to $1.5 million per task force and up to 10 awards under Purpose Area 2 (5 task forces) of up to $1.5 million per task force. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC and BJA will conduct one pre-application webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020)

Register for a New Online Training on Human Trafficking

OVC recently announced the release of the new Understanding Human Trafficking training at the Human Trafficking Grantee Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

OVC invites victim service providers, allied professionals, and interested members of the general public to register for this new training, a series of five interactive online modules that offer foundational learning on trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches to human trafficking.

The Understanding Human Trafficking training equips participants to think critically about human trafficking using reliable resources, both locally and from across the United States. Some of the skills offered include—

  • implementing trauma-informed approaches to victim identification and outreach,
  • assessing victims for comprehensive service needs,
  • employing a collaborative victim service delivery model by connecting with local partners,
  • identifying accurate data and research on human trafficking, and
  • new strategies for researching and analyzing laws and policies that impact human trafficking, victim services, and victims' rights.

Register for this training today.

(Posted February 5, 2020)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2020 Research and Evaluation of Trafficking in Persons

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applicants for its FY 2020 Research and Evaluation of Trafficking in Persons solicitation.

NIJ continues to build upon its research and evaluation efforts to better understand, prevent, and respond to trafficking in persons in the United States. Applicants should propose research projects that—first and foremost—have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States.

NIJ is interested in research projects addressing both sex and labor trafficking. NIJ is particularly interested in research responding to the following priority areas—

  • identifying the health and wellness effects of trafficking victimization,
  • labor trafficking,
  • demand reduction, and
  • profiling recruitment tactics.

Learn more and apply for the NIJ FY 2020 Research and Evaluation of Trafficking in Persons solicitation. Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 20, 2020.

(Posted January 24, 2020)


OVC Resources for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Every January, our nation commemorates National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

This year, OVC celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which established the importance of holding traffickers criminally accountable, protecting victims, and preventing victimization from occurring in the first place. Learn more about some of OVC's work in supporting anti-trafficking professionals over the past 20 years.

Since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was passed, OVC has become the largest federal funder for direct services to victims of human trafficking in the United States.

OVC’s human trafficking team currently manages more than 243 awards representing over $167 million in 45 states, 1 territory, and the District of Columbia. In fiscal year (FY) 2019 alone, OVC made 120 awards totaling approximately $80 million to improve the quantity and quality of services for victims of all forms of human trafficking.

See our Human Trafficking Services and Task Forces Map for more information about OVC grantees currently providing services to victims of human trafficking.

This fiscal year, OVC released one human trafficking funding opportunity, the FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation. Subscribe to receive News From OVC for updates on additional funding opportunities.

OVC supports anti-trafficking professionals through training and technical assistance and other resources, such as:

OVC Human Trafficking Weblet
Recently updated, this site contains information about OVC-funded training and technical assistance and other federally-funded technical assistance providers.

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center: Human Trafficking
Find training and technical assistance to help build the capacity of your organization to respond to victims of human trafficking.

Faces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide
Use this resource 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.

Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide
This guide is a resource to support the day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces. It can be used to help create a new task force or enhance the operations of an existing task force.

Visit the OVC calendar for events commemorating this month, including two OVC-supported webinars:

Increasing Community Awareness of Labor Trafficking
January 15, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time

Survivor Strategies to Generate Income While Looking for Sustainable Employment: Opportunities through Independent Contracting
January 21, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time

In commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, join OVC and spread awareness to ensure all trafficking victims receive necessary support and services.

(Posted January 10, 2019)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC announces the release of the FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The program will support—

  1. transitional housing, including funding for the operating expenses of a newly developed or existing transitional housing program; and

  2. short-term housing assistance, including rental or utilities payment assistance and assistance with related expenses.

Projects must also include support services designed to enable victims of human trafficking and any dependents to locate and secure permanent housing and find employment.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on December 19, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. View a recording and transcript of this webinar.

View changes to page 6 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.https://www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/fy-2020-housing-assistance-change.pdf.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 3, 2020.

(Posted December 4, 2019; Updated January 6, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development

Funding OpportunityOVC, consistent with the Trafficking Victim Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent authorizations, seeks to ensure that all trafficking victims receive support to access the services they need to heal in the aftermath of victimization.

OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development solicitation.

The purpose of this program is three-fold:

  • to enhance the quality of services available to assist victims of human trafficking by providing specialized training and technical assistance (TTA) to legal and social service providers, community organizations, and other stakeholders;
  • to develop resources that commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victim Protection Act to raise public awareness, promote community outreach, and create educational activities around the country to address human trafficking; and
  • to develop a key resource to improve the response to victims of human trafficking wherever they are identified.

Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Purpose Area 1: TTA on Crime Victim Compensation for Victims of Human Trafficking. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award for up to $850,000 for a 3-year performance period.
  • Purpose Area 2: TTA on Labor Trafficking. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award for up to $1,000,000 for a 3-year performance period.
  • Purpose Area 3: TTA on State-Level Financial Remedies for Human Trafficking Victims. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award for up to $850,000 for a 3-year performance period.
  • Purpose Area 4: Resource Development on Public Awareness for the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victim Protection Act. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award of up to $450,000 for a 16-month performance period.
  • Purpose Area 5: Resource Development on 'Standards of Care' for Human Trafficking Victims. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award of up to $750,000 for a 3-year performance period.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development solicitation. Apply by July 10, 2019.

(Posted June 10, 2019)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityOVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.

As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This solicitation will provide funding for direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.

This FY 2019 solicitation consolidates multiple OVC human trafficking direct services programs released as separate solicitations in previous years. By combining multiple solicitations, OVC hopes to streamline the application process and to encourage a more diverse pool of applicants.

Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas (and focus areas):

Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

Focus Area # 1. Building Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services will provide funding to organizations to strengthen their capacity to provide comprehensive services for victims of all forms of human trafficking.

Focus Area # 2. Sustaining Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services to Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking will provide funding to experienced service providers to offer comprehensive services outlined within the Comprehensive Services Model.

Focus Area # 3. Comprehensive Services and Partnership With Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces will provide funding to service providers who demonstrate a history of offering direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking and working within multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces.

Over the past few years, OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) have provided joint funding to support Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces which required a significant amount of coordination between law enforcement and victim service provider applicants to submit joint applications for funding.

This year, OVC and BJA are allowing separate applications from victim service and law enforcement applicants that fully demonstrate each applicant’s strengths related to participation in a human trafficking task force.

Purpose Area 2: Specialized Services
Victims of trafficking have diverse and distinct needs that may require specialized responses. OVC is interested in supporting programs that will focus on one or more of the priority areas: housing, economic and leadership empowerment and/or education, mental health, substance abuse, and legal services.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 14, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation. Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 19, 2019.

(Posted June 5, 2019; Updated June 21, 2019)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityOVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.

As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for children and youth who are victims of sex and labor trafficking by—

  • integrating human trafficking policy and programming at the state or tribal jurisdiction level and
  • enhancing coordinated, multidisciplinary, and statewide approaches to serving trafficked youth.

Recognizing that each state/tribe is unique, applicants should identify the state or tribe’s greatest barriers to—

  • identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or
  • investigating and prosecuting these trafficking cases.

Applicants should propose a program to systematically address these barriers. OVC is particularly interested in applications from states with a high geographic need for this program.

OVC expects to make up to four awards of up to $1.5 million with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $6 million. OVC expects to make the awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 13, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking. Apply by July 1, 2019.

(Posted May 31, 2019; Updated June 17, 2019)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Project Beacon: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking

Funding OpportunityOVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.

As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Project Beacon: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking solicitation.

OVC will make awards to increase the quantity and quality of services currently available to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of sex trafficking who reside in urban areas.

Apply under one of the following purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Direct Services
Applicants may apply to this purpose area to request funding to—

  • develop or enhance their organizational capacity to provide services to urban AI/AN victims of sex trafficking;
  • develop and sustain collaborative partnerships;
  • conduct community outreach and awareness activities; and
  • provide training to other stakeholders on how to meet the needs of urban AI/AN victims of sex trafficking.

Applicants for this purpose area must demonstrate that they will provide services to the target population in an urban community as defined on page 4 of the solicitation.

Under Purpose Area 1, OVC expects to make up to 7 awards of up to $450,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

Purpose Area 2: Training and Technical Assistance
Applicants may apply to this purpose area to provide capacity-building training and technical assistance to successful grantees under Purpose Area 1.

Under Purpose Area 2, OVC expects to make up to 1 award of up to $550,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 19, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Project Beacon: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking. Apply by July 15, 2019.

(Posted May 30, 2019; Updated June 25, 2019)


Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.

As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

To meet the needs of a rapidly evolving anti-trafficking field, and to best serve victims of human trafficking, OVC is seeking innovative ideas to enhance identification of and services for victims.

Proposed projects should develop or enhance promising practices, models, and victim-centered programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to close gaps in assisting all victims of sex and labor trafficking in the United States.

OVC expects to make up to four awards of up to $900,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3.6 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance to begin on January 1, 2020.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on May 9, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking funding opportunity. Apply by June 27, 2019.

(Posted April 29, 2019; Updated May 29, 2019)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking: Supporting Law Enforcement’s Role

The Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking applicants for the FY 2019 Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking: Supporting Law Enforcement’s Role solicitation.

Through this grant, the Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks to develop or enhance law enforcement’s role in multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces within the United States. This program furthers the U.S. Department of Justice's mission by enhancing law enforcement task force capacity to combat human trafficking.

NOTE: Victim service providers seeking funding to support ECM human trafficking task force activities should be on the lookout for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation. Funding under this OVC solicitation will support comprehensive services and other activities conducted in partnership with ECM task forces.

Sign up for the OVC mailing list to be notified of OVC solicitation releases.

(Posted April 17, 2019)


Blog Highlights OJP Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

In a recent blog post, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt Dummermuth highlighted a number of initiatives through the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to combat human trafficking.

In fiscal year 2018, OJP granted more than $67 million to fight trafficking at the national, state, local, and tribal levels. Included in these efforts are OVC programs which support services to survivors of human trafficking.

OVC’s anti-trafficking grantees strengthen the victim assistance response in states and territories to increase the quantity and quality of victim services across the country. From mid-2017 to mid-2018, OVC grantees reported serving a record number of nearly 9,000 human trafficking clients. Grantees also trained more than 76,000 professionals who can assist in identifying victims and help them on their path to recovery.

Visit the OJP blog to read more about how OJP is working to enhance service for victims and help local authorities prosecute those responsible for human trafficking crimes.

(Posted March 28, 2019)


Funding Opportunity FY 2019 Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in coordination with OVC, is seeking applications for the FY 2019 Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons solicitation.

Through this funding opportunity, NIJ continues to build upon its research and evaluation efforts to better understand, prevent, and respond to trafficking in persons in the United States. Applicants should propose research projects that—first and foremost—have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States.

NIJ is interested in research projects addressing both sex and labor trafficking. NIJ is particularly interested in research responding to the following priority areas—

  1. labor trafficking research,
  2. evaluation research focused on victim service providers (e.g., sex and labor trafficking, minor and adult victims, etc.), and
  3. building knowledge of the “grooming' process of traffickers (i.e., how does one become a sex or labor trafficker?).

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 8, 2019.

For additional information about potential funding opportunities in the area of human trafficking, visit the FY 2019 DOJ Program Plan.

(Posted February 28, 2019)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applicants for its FY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This new program is designed to enhance the quality and quantity of direct services available to assist minor (under the age of 18) victims of human trafficking.

Organizations funded under this program will—

  • provide (directly and through partnerships) a comprehensive array of services that minor victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing;
  • ensure that minors who have been trafficked are identified and referred for appropriate services; and
  • document the progress of the project.

This program places a priority on funding direct services provided by organizations with the capacity to implement a highly collaborative and comprehensive service model, engaging all appropriate community resources, to address the needs of minor victims of all forms of human trafficking.

OVC expects to make up to 40 awards through this solicitation totaling up to $20 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin no later than October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on February 20, 2019. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 4, 2019.

For additional information about potential funding opportunities in the area of human trafficking, visit the FY 2019 DOJ Program Plan.

(Posted February 4, 2019, updated March 7, 2019)


OVC Awards More Than $60 million to Support Victims of Human Trafficking

The Office of Justice Programs recently announced awards of more than $67 million to combat human trafficking. OVC administers more than $60 million of these awards to support programs that assist victims of human trafficking.

These OVC-funded projects seek to—

  • enhance the quality and quantity of comprehensive and specialized services available to human trafficking victims,
  • develop and implement effective task forces to identify and assist victims,
  • provide training and technical assistance to providers and allied professionals, and
  • promote innovative ways to provide trauma-informed services to survivors.

OVC has long supported victims of human trafficking, and OVC-supported programs impact survivors across the country. In a one-year period from mid-2016 to mid-2017, OVC’s human trafficking grantees served more than 8,000 clients and trained tens of thousands of service providers, investigators, and judicial personnel.

(Posted November 6, 2018)


OVC FY 2018 Human Trafficking Grantees To Use Action Research Model

Action Research Fact SheetAction research is social research carried out by a team consisting of a professional researcher and representatives from an organization or group seeking to improve its processes, products, or services.

In Fiscal Year 2018, OVC will transition recipients of human trafficking grants from an evaluation model to an action research model.

The OVC Fact Sheet: Action Research provides information on how to report activities related to action research.

(Posted May 7, 2018)


Funding Awarded to Combat Human Trafficking and Support Victims

OVC administers the largest amount of federal grant funding to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking in the United States.

The OVC Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS) serves as a centralized repository for grant-required performance metrics and case-specific information.

To highlight the activities and achievements of OVC grantees, OVC created four TIMS snapshot reports for the period of July 2015 through June 2016. These grantees served 5,582 clients during the period, a significant increase over previous years.

Learn more about how OVC is working to improve the services available to human trafficking victims in these TIMS snapshot reports:

Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 325 kb)

Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking Program (PDF 363 kb)

Comprehensive Services for All Victims of Human Trafficking Program (PDF 352 kb)

Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Program (PDF 323 kb)

(Posted November 27, 2017)


Reports Showcase the Services OVC Grantees Provide to Human Trafficking Victims

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) recently announced more than $25 million in funding to combat human trafficking.

A recent blog post by OJP’s Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson demonstrates how OVC and our OJP partners are working to improve critical services to victims of human trafficking.

OJP’s anti-trafficking work is led by OVC, which manages the largest amount of federal funding to assist victims of human trafficking, as well as the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which works with OVC to jointly support human trafficking task forces composed of victim service providers, law enforcement agencies, and other key partners.

(Posted October 12, 2017)


OVC and Native Organization Partnership Serving Victims of Trafficking

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced developments under the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety to strengthen law enforcement and public safety in Indian country.

This initiative includes provisions for serving victims of sex trafficking under OVC’s Project Beacon grant program, expanding a program that gives tribes access to federal crime data, addressing the opioid crisis, and strengthening investigations into crimes against children.

With funding support from OVC, Native organizations in Seattle (Seattle Indian Center), Chicago (American Indian Center of Chicago), and Albuquerque (First Nations Community HealthSource) are working to provide urban American Indian and Alaska Native victims of sex trafficking with access to culturally appropriate, comprehensive victim services.

Learn more about these programs on the Matrix of OVC/BJA-Funded Human Trafficking Services Grantees and Task Forces.

(Posted August 25, 2017)


Roadmap to Assist Trafficking Survivors with Post-Conviction Legal Support

The U.S. Department of State notes that “authorities often fail to properly screen and identify victims of human trafficking when they detain or arrest criminal suspects. This can result in a second victimization when victims are punished for their engagement in the crimes their traffickers forced them to commit.'

To address this issue, the American Bar Association, with funding support from OVC, published, Post-Conviction Advocacy for Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Guide for Attorneys (PDF 844 kb).

This guide serves as a roadmap for practitioners who represent trafficking survivors in post-conviction efforts to clear, vacate, expunge, or seal criminal records. It contains important filing considerations for motion practice, best practices for employing a trauma-informed approach to client interviewing and representation, and other best practices for advocates.

(Posted July 5, 2017)


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
© Lynn Wegener/AlaskaStock
  • 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)


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

State Department Releases 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

The U.S. Department of State has released the Trafficking in Persons Report, 2018.

The annual report assesses government efforts around the world to combat human trafficking and highlights strategies to address this crime and protect the victims. This report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking.

This year’s report focuses on effective ways local communities can address human trafficking proactively and on how national governments can support and empower them.

View the Trafficking in Persons Report, 2018 to learn more.

(Posted July 20, 2018)


New Research Offers Recommendations to Assist Human Trafficking Survivors

With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, the Urban Institute recently released four reports that examine human trafficking survivors' experience with the justice system.

Based on interviews with 80 survivors, this research offers recommendations for improving the service provision and criminal justice system response to victims.

The reports also present a tool to help practitioners engage with survivors throughout their recovery. Practitioners can employ the information to inform their daily work with survivors. Read more in the following online publications.

(Posted April 25, 2018)


Funding Opportunity: Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons

Under the Fiscal Year 2018 Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks to build upon its research and evaluation efforts to better understand, prevent, and respond to trafficking in persons in the United States.

This year, NIJ is particularly interested in research responding to the following priority areas–

  • building knowledge of the victim/offender overlap specific to sex or labor trafficking,
  • building knowledge of the “grooming' process of traffickers,
  • evaluation of demand reduction efforts, and
  • evaluation of legal responses to human trafficking.

Apply by May 22, 2018.

Review the Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons solicitation.

(Posted March 28, 2018)


U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Releases Second Annual Report

The U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking is composed of a diverse panel of human trafficking survivors. The council recently released its second annual report, which highlights its collaboration with federal government agencies to strengthen anti-trafficking policies and programs.

The council’s Victim Services Committee focuses on ensuring that services to trafficking survivors are comprehensive, meet the needs of all victims, and empower survivors. Last year, they met with OVC and other federal agencies to provide input on a new national housing initiative to support human trafficking survivors and to discuss victim identification.

Learn more about the council’s efforts in the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Annual Report 2017.

(Posted January 24, 2018)


Recorded Webinars Available to Help Health Providers Serve Victims

SOAR logoThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released recorded training webinars for health providers who may come into contact with human trafficking victims. The recorded webinars are part of the HHS SOAR to Health and Wellness training that educates professionals on how to identify, treat, and respond appropriately to potential victims of human trafficking.

(Posted October 12, 2017)


Webinar Series To Discuss Commercial Sex Trafficking Research

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, in collaboration with the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College, will present the three-part webinar series "Commercial Sex Trafficking—Using Research Findings To Support Investigations" on September 13, 19, and 26, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. e.t.

This series will explore research related to commercial sex trafficking of minors and how to improve system responses to victims. The presenter will share findings regarding traffickers and buyers, as well as issues specific to American Indian youth. The first webinar will examine research about perpetrators, including common characteristics and grooming methods. The second and third webinars will explore findings related to factors that put youth at risk for sex trafficking.

Learn more about each free webinar and register:

  • September 13 (part one)
  • September 19 (part two)
  • September 26 (part three)

(Posted September 11, 2017)


New Resource Helps Child Welfare Caseworkers Identify and Prevent Human Trafficking

The Children’s Bureau, a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, recently released the bulletin, Image of PDF guideHuman Trafficking and Child Welfare: A Guide for Caseworkers.

Children involved with child welfare are at risk for being targeted by traffickers. Therefore, child welfare caseworkers can be an invaluable resource in helping communities respond to the human trafficking of children.

This bulletin explores how child welfare professionals can identify and support children who have been victimized and prevent the most vulnerable youth from becoming future victims. It provides background information for caseworkers, specific strategies they can use in identifying and supporting victims, and tools and resources that will help them in this work.

(Posted September 11, 2017)


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)

 

Past Announcements

June 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This solicitation seeks applications to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to assist victims of human trafficking under the following two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Evidence-Based, Trauma-Informed Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
Funding under this purpose area will support the identification of promising practices and the delivery of evidence-based, trauma-informed clinical, mental health, and substance abuse services within a system of care, as clinically necessary, for victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 2: Addressing Barriers to Identifying and Assisting Labor Trafficking Victims
Funding under this purpose area will support implementation of innovative ideas to increase the identification of victims of labor trafficking and enhance service delivery to those victims.

OVC expects to make up to six awards (three per purpose area) of up to $600,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3.6 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 14, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 9, 2018.

(Posted June 8, 2018)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This solicitation has two categories, each with its own specific goals, activities, and objectives.

Category 1: Statewide or Tribal Jurisdictionwide Response
The first category seeks applications for up to three state or tribal jurisdictions to 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 to develop a statewide or tribal jurisdictionwide strategy to address these challenges.

Category 2: Children and Youth Technical Assistance Program
The applicant funded under Category 2 will provide training and technical assistance and resources to support OVC and all OVC grantees funded under the Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking program (Both those newly funded in FY 2018 under category 1 and the 6 previously funded grantees).

OVC expects to make up to three awards under Category 1 of up to $1.5 million with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $4.5 million. Under Category 2, OVC expects to make one award for up to $600,000. OVC expects to make the awards for a 3-year period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Apply by July 9, 2018.

(Posted June 7, 2018)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) are seeking applications for the FY 2018 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking solicitation.

Through this solicitation, OVC and BJA will make awards to support law enforcement and victim service provider efforts within human trafficking task forces under the following purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces
Funding under this purpose area is intended to help task forces with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary task force.

Purpose Area 2: Increasing Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness
Eligible applicants are human trafficking task forces that were funded in FY 2015 under the OVC/BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program - Purpose Area 1. FY 2018 Purpose Area 2 allows FY 2015 task forces to compete for funding to support continued task force activities and develop a plan for task force sustainability.

Purpose Area 3: Expanding Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness
Eligible applicants are human trafficking task forces that were funded in FY 2015 under the OVC/BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program - Purpose Area 2. FY 2018 Purpose Area 3 allows FY 2015 task forces to compete for funding to expand their task force efforts, implement task force sustainability plans, and assist OVC and BJA in building capacity of other task forces in the field, by providing mentoring and peer support to newly established task forces.

OVC and BJA conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 18, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 5, 2018.

(Posted June 5, 2018; updated June 29, 2018)


May 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended.

OVC is interested in supporting programs that focus on one or more of the priority areas listed
below—

  1. housing services,
  2. economic and leadership empowerment and/or education services,
  3. mental health services,
  4. substance abuse services, and
  5. legal services.

OVC expects to make up to 20 awards of up to $700,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $14 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 31, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 27, 2018.

(Posted May 14, 2018; updated June 8, 2018)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance solicitation.

Successful applicants will provide specialized training and technical assistance (TTA) to service providers and court personnel in three purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Legal Services
The overarching goal of this purpose area is to enhance the quality and quantity of legal services provided to victims of human trafficking by assisting legal and social service providers to protect their client’s legal rights, particularly victims’ rights, and the civil legal remedies and legal resources available to them.

Purpose Area 2: Trauma-Informed Responses and Services
The overall goal of this purpose area is for a technical assistance provider to assist trafficking victim service providers through a process of becoming trauma-informed.

Purpose Area 3: Increased Identification, Referrals, and Assistance of Human Trafficking in Court Settings
The purpose of this TTA program is to increase accurate identification of human trafficking victims in court settings, enhance victim referrals to appropriate service providers, and to decrease the re-victimization of trafficking victims who interact with the justice system.

OVC expects to make up to three awards (one per purpose area) of up to $900,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $2.7 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 31, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 27, 2018.

(Posted May 14, 2018; updated June 8, 2018)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowThrough the FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking solicitation, OVC is seeking applicants to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended.

OVC is interested in supporting programs that focus on one of three purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services
Purpose Area 1 will provide funding to victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 2: Comprehensive Services for Sustained Caseloads
Purpose Area 2 will provide funding to victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to a sustained caseload of a large number of victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 3: Capacity Building
Purpose Area 3 is designed to strengthen the capacity of victim service providers who have experience serving victims of human trafficking and/or related populations (e.g., victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual assault, and/or runaway and homeless youth, etc.) but who currently have a limited capacity to implement the comprehensive services model due to limited staff and/or partnerships to fully meet the needs of human trafficking victims.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 24, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 25, 2018.

(Posted May 10, 2018, updated June 5, 2018)


ANNOUNCEMENTS

September 2017

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)


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)


January 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)


September 2015

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 https://www.justice.gov. (Posted July 29, 2015)


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)