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OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Labor Trafficking Protocol Guidelines: Identifying and Responding to Victims of Labor Trafficking 24 Years Old and Under (January 2019) OVC-Sponsored, 114 pages, NCJ 252705.
This guidelines are designed to help communities throughout Minnesota identify and respond to victims of labor trafficking, especially youth 24 years old and younger.
PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Executive Summary)
 
Human Trafficking Victims With Disabilities or Mental Illness (2018) OVC, Grant, 5 pages, NCJ 252581.
This annotated bibliography gathers research on any type of trafficking in which victims had disabilities or mental illnesses prior to trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
 
2018 Human Trafficking Statistical Fact Sheet (2018) OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current trends in labor and sex trafficking the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
PDF
 
2018 School Victimization Statistical Fact Sheet (2018) OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current school victimization trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
PDF
 
2018 Sexual Violence Statistical Fact Sheet (2018) OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current sexual violence trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
PDF
 

OJP Publications

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2018 (April 2019) BJS, Report, NCJ 252571.
This annual report presents data on school crime and safety from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. It contains 22 indicators of school crime and safety, including violent deaths; nonfatal student and teacher victimization; school environment; fights, weapons, and illegal substances; fear and avoidance; discipline, safety, and security measures; and postsecondary campus safety and security.
PDF
 
AMBER Alert Best Practices Guide, Second Edition (April 2019) OJJDP, Report, 68 pages, NCJ 252759.
The guide provides AMBER Alert coordinators with information to manage both a specific alert and their overall AMBER Alert program. Topics covered include AMBER Alert criteria for missing and abducted children, law enforcement response, leveraging all media, and AMBER Alert in Indian country.
PDF
 
A Longitudinal Examination of Teen Dating Violence From Adolescence to Young Adulthood (2018) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 11 pages, NCJ 252053.
This study examines the Dating it Safe dataset (See NIJ Award #2012-WG-BX-0005), an NIJ-funded 6-year longitudinal study of teen dating violence that included 1,042 ethnically and socioeconomically diverse adolescents who began participation in this study at an average age of 15. Findings suggested that physical dating violence risk of onset was at or before ages 15 to 16 for females and at or before age 18 for males. For sexual dating violence perpetration, risk was similar for males and females during adolescence, before uniquely increasing for males, and not females in emerging adulthood.
Abstract | PDF
 
Capturing Human Trafficking Victimization Through Crime Reporting (2018) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 41 pages, NCJ 252520.
This study examines law enforcement data to understand the following questions. How are human trafficking cases identified and reported by the police? What sources of information about human trafficking incidents exist outside of law enforcement data? What is the estimated disparity between actual instances of human trafficking identified in the study communities and the number of human trafficking offenses reported to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program?
Abstract | PDF
 
Labor Trafficking in North Carolina: A Statewide Survey Using Multistage Sampling (2018) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 24 pages, NCJ 252521.
The primary goal of this study is to produce reliable estimates of the prevalence of labor trafficking victimization among farmworkers in North Carolina. Over 400 migrant farmworkers participated in interviews. The results reveal that about one-quarter of the sample experienced some type of employment abuse; nearly 18 percent reported incidents that could rise to the level of labor trafficking, and 22 percent reported lesser forms of labor abuse and exploitation.
Abstract | PDF
 

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

On Jul 13 2016 at 2:00PM, Pamela Todd, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Ray of Hope Foster Care, Inc.,, and Diane Payne, owner of Justice for Native Children Consulting, hosted a discussion on Support and Services for Drug-Endangered Children

On Feb 24 2016 at 2:00PM, Dr. John Rich, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, and Linnea Ashley, MPH, Training and Advocacy Manager at Youth ALIVE!, hosted a discussion on Inner City Posttraumatic Stress

On Feb 10 2016 at 2:00PM, Michelle Harkey, founder and CEO of Stars Mentoring Services, LLC, and Keisha Varnell, Director of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programs at Jackson State University, hosted a discussion on Outreach and Response to Teen Victims of Dating Violence

On Jan 20 2016 at 2:00PM, Kimber Nicoletti, M.S.W., Director and Founder of Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault at Purdue University, and Kiricka Yarbough Smith, former manager of the human trafficking program for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, hosted a discussion on Human Trafficking in Rural Communities

On Nov 17 2015 at 2:00PM, Geri Wisner, Tribal Prosecutor for the Pawnee Nation and Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, and Sarah Collins, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, hosted a discussion on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country


Are there programs that will prevent a passport from being issued for a child without parental consent?
The U.S. Department of State's Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program works to prevent internati... Read More

What is the federal government doing to combat human trafficking?
Although the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has long enforced criminal laws against involuntary se... Read More

How do I report child pornography?
Visit the Report a Crime section of the U.S. Department of Justice website to learn how you can repo... Read More

What steps are being taken by the federal government to combat human trafficking?
Information on government efforts to combat human trafficking can be found on the Human Trafficking ... Read More

Who can I talk to about an abusive relationship?
Advocates with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) are available for victims and anyone ca... Read More

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FY 2019 Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Caused by Crime Victimization (PDF 425 kb)
Deadline: 05/30/2019
OVC will provide funding to support the development of multidisciplinary strategies and responses to effectively address children who have experienced serious or near-death injuries as a result of abuse and/or neglect, and to reduce child fatalities. OVC will fund up to five demonstration sites, and the initiative will be carried out in two phases – Phase I: Planning and Phase II: Implementation. The program will use a three-pronged approach: demonstration sites (Purpose Area 1), technical assistance (Purpose Area 2), and an implementation study (competed under a separate FY 2019 solicitation). All demonstration sites and the technical assistance provider will be required to participate in the implementation study. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 10, 2019, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 30, 2019.

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Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Labor Trafficking Protocol Guidelines: Identifying and Responding to Victims of Labor Trafficking 24 Years Old and Under (January 2019) OVC-Sponsored, 114 pages, NCJ 252705. This guidelines are designed to help communities throughout Minnesota identify and respond to victims of labor trafficking, especially youth 24 years old and younger.
PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Executive Summary)
 
Human Trafficking Victims With Disabilities or Mental Illness (2018) OVC, Grant, 5 pages, NCJ 252581. This annotated bibliography gathers research on any type of trafficking in which victims had disabilities or mental illnesses prior to trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
 
2018 Human Trafficking Statistical Fact Sheet (2018) OVC This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current trends in labor and sex trafficking the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
PDF
 
2018 School Victimization Statistical Fact Sheet (2018) OVC This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current school victimization trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
PDF
 
2018 Sexual Violence Statistical Fact Sheet (2018) OVC This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current sexual violence trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
PDF
 

OJP Publications

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2018 (April 2019) BJS, Report, NCJ 252571. This annual report presents data on school crime and safety from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. It contains 22 indicators of school crime and safety, including violent deaths; nonfatal student and teacher victimization; school environment; fights, weapons, and illegal substances; fear and avoidance; discipline, safety, and security measures; and postsecondary campus safety and security.
PDF
 
AMBER Alert Best Practices Guide, Second Edition (April 2019) OJJDP, Report, 68 pages, NCJ 252759. The guide provides AMBER Alert coordinators with information to manage both a specific alert and their overall AMBER Alert program. Topics covered include AMBER Alert criteria for missing and abducted children, law enforcement response, leveraging all media, and AMBER Alert in Indian country.
PDF
 
A Longitudinal Examination of Teen Dating Violence From Adolescence to Young Adulthood (2018) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 11 pages, NCJ 252053. This study examines the Dating it Safe dataset (See NIJ Award #2012-WG-BX-0005), an NIJ-funded 6-year longitudinal study of teen dating violence that included 1,042 ethnically and socioeconomically diverse adolescents who began participation in this study at an average age of 15. Findings suggested that physical dating violence risk of onset was at or before ages 15 to 16 for females and at or before age 18 for males. For sexual dating violence perpetration, risk was similar for males and females during adolescence, before uniquely increasing for males, and not females in emerging adulthood.
Abstract | PDF
 
Capturing Human Trafficking Victimization Through Crime Reporting (2018) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 41 pages, NCJ 252520. This study examines law enforcement data to understand the following questions. How are human trafficking cases identified and reported by the police? What sources of information about human trafficking incidents exist outside of law enforcement data? What is the estimated disparity between actual instances of human trafficking identified in the study communities and the number of human trafficking offenses reported to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program?
Abstract | PDF
 
Labor Trafficking in North Carolina: A Statewide Survey Using Multistage Sampling (2018) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 24 pages, NCJ 252521. The primary goal of this study is to produce reliable estimates of the prevalence of labor trafficking victimization among farmworkers in North Carolina. Over 400 migrant farmworkers participated in interviews. The results reveal that about one-quarter of the sample experienced some type of employment abuse; nearly 18 percent reported incidents that could rise to the level of labor trafficking, and 22 percent reported lesser forms of labor abuse and exploitation.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

ChildVictimWeb
ChildVictimWeb is a free online training resource designed for professionals from all disciplines who work with children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence. This course describes the prevalence and characteristics of different forms of victimization often experienced in childhood, their psychological, behavioral, social, and health consequences, and implications for practice. Assessment strategies, an evidence-based approach to treatment planning, trauma-informed case management skills, and information about evidence supported treatments are presented.
 
National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC): Cyberbullying
The National Crime Prevention Council, through funding from OVC, offers resources including fact sheets and four podcasts about general cyberbullying information, taking action in schools, creating community change, and how teens feel about cyberbullying.
 
National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI): Safeguarding Child-Victims' Rights Initiative
With funding from OVC, this NCVLI Program works to ensure that the rights of child-victims through education & training, litigation, and public policy.
 
Pathways to Safety International
Pathways to Safety International (formerly the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center) provides crisis services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
 
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN operates a 24-hour telephone hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) and an Online Hotline for victims of sexual assault. The secure web-based hotline provides a safe, secure, and anonymous place for victims to get help online. RAINN also works to promote education and prevention of sexual assault, compiles and shares links to Legal Resources, including the State Mandatory Regulations regarding children and the elderly.
 

Federal Resources

Child Welfare Information Gateway: State Statutes Search
Child Welfare Information Gateway provides a searchable database of State Statutes on issues related to child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption.
 
CrimeSolutions.gov
CrimeSolutions.gov is a searchable online database of evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics, including victim assistance programs; corrections; courts; crime prevention; substance abuse; juveniles; law enforcement; and technology and forensics. The site is a tool to understand, access and integrate scientific evidence about programs into programmatic and policy decisions.
 
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Violent Crimes Against Children
This FBI program's mission is to: decrease the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation; develop a nationwide capacity to provide a rapid, effective, and measured investigative response to crimes against children; and enhance the capabilities of state and local law enforcement investigators through programs, investigative assistance, and task force operations. The program's strategy involves using multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams to investigate and prosecute crimes that cross legal, geographical, and jurisdictional boundaries; promoting and enhancing interagency sharing of intelligence, specialized skills, and services; and widely offering our victim/witness services.
 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) is a technical assistance center dedicated to building awareness of trauma-informed care and promoting the implementation of trauma-informed practices in programs and services.
 
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
USAID's WID program supports the education of girls and fosters economic and political opportunities for women. These programs help create conditions that lessen the vulnerability of women and children to traffickers. USAID also funds direct anti-trafficking programs, which are described in more detail in Trafficking in Persons: USAID's Response.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Equifax: Minor Child Credit Warning
This site provides information about how parents/guardians can check the Equifax credit file of a minor child.
 
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes
The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes) is one of the new resource centers within the Children's Bureau Training and Technical Assistance National Network. NRC4Tribes joins the Children's Bureau's Child Welfare Training and Technical Assistance Network which is designed to improve child welfare systems and to support States and Tribes in achieving sustainable, systemic change that results in greater safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families.
 
National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC)
NCAC models, promotes, and delivers excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.
 
National Children's Alliance (NCA)
National Children's Alliance provides training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to communities seeking to plan, establish, and improve children's advocacy centers.
 
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center is devoted to achieving a better understanding of the impact of criminal victimization on adults, children, and their families.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

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

On Jul 13 2016 at 2:00PM, Pamela Todd, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Ray of Hope Foster Care, Inc.,, and Diane Payne, owner of Justice for Native Children Consulting, hosted a discussion on Support and Services for Drug-Endangered Children

On Feb 24 2016 at 2:00PM, Dr. John Rich, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, and Linnea Ashley, MPH, Training and Advocacy Manager at Youth ALIVE!, hosted a discussion on Inner City Posttraumatic Stress

On Feb 10 2016 at 2:00PM, Michelle Harkey, founder and CEO of Stars Mentoring Services, LLC, and Keisha Varnell, Director of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programs at Jackson State University, hosted a discussion on Outreach and Response to Teen Victims of Dating Violence

On Jan 20 2016 at 2:00PM, Kimber Nicoletti, M.S.W., Director and Founder of Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault at Purdue University, and Kiricka Yarbough Smith, former manager of the human trafficking program for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, hosted a discussion on Human Trafficking in Rural Communities

On Nov 17 2015 at 2:00PM, Geri Wisner, Tribal Prosecutor for the Pawnee Nation and Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, and Sarah Collins, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, hosted a discussion on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country


FAQs

Are there programs that will prevent a passport from being issued for a child without parental consent?
The U.S. Department of State's Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program works to prevent internati... Read More

What is the federal government doing to combat human trafficking?
Although the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has long enforced criminal laws against involuntary se... Read More

How do I report child pornography?
Visit the Report a Crime section of the U.S. Department of Justice website to learn how you can repo... Read More

What steps are being taken by the federal government to combat human trafficking?
Information on government efforts to combat human trafficking can be found on the Human Trafficking ... Read More

Who can I talk to about an abusive relationship?
Advocates with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) are available for victims and anyone ca... Read More

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Funding

FY 2019 Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Caused by Crime Victimization (PDF 425 kb)
Deadline: 05/30/2019
OVC will provide funding to support the development of multidisciplinary strategies and responses to effectively address children who have experienced serious or near-death injuries as a result of abuse and/or neglect, and to reduce child fatalities. OVC will fund up to five demonstration sites, and the initiative will be carried out in two phases – Phase I: Planning and Phase II: Implementation. The program will use a three-pronged approach: demonstration sites (Purpose Area 1), technical assistance (Purpose Area 2), and an implementation study (competed under a separate FY 2019 solicitation). All demonstration sites and the technical assistance provider will be required to participate in the implementation study. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 10, 2019, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 30, 2019.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) 45th Annual Training Event
Phoenix, AZ
07/22/2019-07/25/2019

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.