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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Program

Deadline: August 24, 2016

The purpose of the Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking (DVHT) Program is to develop and strengthen comprehensive victim-centered services model, which includes case management and direct victim response services, for domestic victims of severe forms of human trafficking in the U.S. 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 DVHT Program gives victims an opportunity to receive case management and direct services from the local community in a way that meets the victims where they are related to the victims’ level of trauma. 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
  • Promote effective, culturally and linguistically appropriate trauma-informed services that improve the short- and long-term health, safety, and well-being of victims

Amount: $3,600,000 is available for up to 12 grants ranging from $150,000-$300,000 each.

Eligibility: City or township governments; county governments; nonprofit organizations with and without 501(c)(3) status; Native American tribal governments; State governments.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=284821

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