The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), part of the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, works to enhance the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices in ways that will promote justice and healing for all victims.
In this capacity, OVC strives to uphold the intent of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 and its subsequent authorizations to ensure that all trafficking victims—regardless of immigration status, gender, or form of trafficking—receive support in accessing the services they need. OVC manages the largest amount of funding across the federal government dedicated to providing services to victims of human trafficking. OVC strengthens the victim service response to human trafficking through grant funding, training and technical assistance, and leadership in the field.
From July 2017 through June 2018, 98 OVC human trafficking grantees reported serving—
Grants & Funding
OVC funding supports efforts to develop, expand, and strengthen programs for victims of human trafficking. Visit the Human Trafficking: Grants & Funding page to learn more and to locate funding opportunities for anti-trafficking professionals.
Training & Technical Assistance
OVC offers training and technical assistance to anti-trafficking professionals through its Training and Technical Assistance Center and manages a National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events. Learn more about these and other training opportunities on our Human Trafficking: Training page.
OVC Leadership in the Field
As the U.S. Department of Justice co-chair representative on the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, OVC staff provided considerable input on Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity: Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017. This plan reaffirms the American values of freedom and equality and builds on the progress that our Nation has made in combating human trafficking and modern-day forms of slavery through government action and partnerships with allied professionals and concerned citizens.
In 2018, OVC hosted several events to listen to and learn from the human trafficking field, including a roundtable on community policing approaches to human trafficking, a human trafficking grantee listening session, a roundtable on effective human trafficking program evaluation, and an expert working group on trafficking of minors. As a result, OVC made adjustments to solicitations, giving grantees more flexibility in being able to meet the needs of the survivors they serve. OVC will continue to enhance programming to better meet the goal of enhancing the quantity and quality of services across the nation.
Also in 2018, OVC launched the Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center (the Center) to strengthen human trafficking victim service delivery in the U.S. by providing strategically focused, capability building coaching to maximize a community’s potential to effectively serve victims of all forms of human trafficking.
The Center is a coaching and development hub assisting organizations and tribes with—
For more information about the Center, please contact OVC Deputy Director Katherine Darke Schmitt at 202–616–7373.
Learn more about OVC’s initiatives and priorities by visiting the OVC website.