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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Demonstration Grants for Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking

Deadline: August 19, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) seeks applications for cooperative agreements to implement the Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking (DVHT) Program demonstration grant. The DVHT Program is focused on providing comprehensive case management to domestic victims of severe forms of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Where a person younger than 18 is induced to perform a commercial sex act, it is a crime regardless of whether there is any force, fraud, or coercion. Lack of training, protocols, and policies makes it hard to identify human trafficking victims, which makes it difficult to provide services and support. The intent of this program is to build, expand, and sustain organizational and community capacity to deliver trauma-informed, culturally relevant services for domestic victims of human trafficking through a coordinated system of agency services and partnerships with community-based organizations and allied professionals.

The DVHT Program has the following objectives:

  • Assess community needs and build capacity to connect providers who will work to conduct outreach and identify and provide services to domestic victims of severe forms of trafficking.
  • Develop and strengthen within the community comprehensive victim-centered services model that includes case management and direct victim response services (i.e., victim assistance and response plans) for domestic victims of severe forms of human trafficking.
  • Address housing and shelter needs of victims through a continuum of flexible housing supports including emergency, transitional, and housing first strategies.
  • Foster collaborations and partnerships that facilitate communication and coordination between victim assistance service providers while enhancing the community response to human trafficking.
  • Develop networks within the community to expand access to services for which victims are eligible while providing a means to make referrals to other appropriate programs for ineligible victims. The networks and referrals can include the ORR
  • Trafficking Victim Assistance Programs and the OVC Human Trafficking Victim Services programs, and state and local anti-human trafficking programs; and
  • Promote effective, culturally and linguistically appropriate trauma-informed services that improve the short- and long-term health, safety, and well-being of victims.

Amount: $2,200,000 is available for 4-6 awards ranging from $400,000-$600,000 each for a period of 2 years. Grantees must provide at least a 25% match.

Eligibility: States, tribes, units of local government, and non-profit, non-governmental victim service organizations.

The legislative authority for this funding opportunity announcement requires that DVHT Programs serve domestic victims of severe forms of human trafficking. Based on the legislative authority and for the purposes of this program, the term domestic means U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

FYSB is interested in implementing DVHT Programs that are located in areas that have proven to be easily accessible to trafficking victims, not limited to metropolitan areas, federally recognized tribes, and rural areas with a lack of current services and show evidence of high rates of domestic trafficking. Areas that have previously received funding are not eligible. This includes: 1) Five boroughs of New York City, New York (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island); 2) Maricopa and Pima Counties, Arizona; and 3) Salt Lake City, Utah metropolitan area.

Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2015-ACF-ACYF-TV-0959

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