U.S. Department of Justice: Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human TraffickingDeadline: June 25, 2018
The Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking program’s overarching goal is to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking. Funding will support victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services for 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.
The Comprehensive Service Model includes a wide variety of services that victims of human trafficking often need in order to address their needs for safety, security, and healing. No one agency is expected to provide all of the services in-house that are outlined within the Comprehensive Service Model; however, applicants are expected to demonstrate that there is a coordinated, community-wide approach in place to ensure that each of the services outlined within the Model is available to trafficking victims identified within their community, either in-house or through project partners and other community-based programs. The delivery of a coordinated, community-wide response to victims will include, but is not limited to, local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement and prosecutors; legal assistance providers; child welfare and child protection service systems; domestic violence, youth, and homeless shelter systems and transitional housing programs; medical and mental health services and systems; immigrant and refugee service providers; child and adult educational systems; job training programs; substance abuse treatment agencies; drop-in centers for youth and adults; detention facilities; faith-based service providers; interpretation and translation providers; and other partners providing critical services.
The model supports the development of individualized service plans that are tailored to meet victims’ identified needs. Using this model, in coordination with a victim-centered approach, will ensure that victims of human trafficking have the opportunity to make informed decisions about the support they need to work through the impact of the crime. The model supports the process of informing victims about their options and helping them work with local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement in the prosecution of the trafficker.
Intensive case management is a central service within the Comprehensive Services Model, as it ensures that victims have support in accessing a variety of services that are coordinated across multiple systems. It ensures the provision of “wraparound services” that meet victims where they are, and helps to express their choices while working through the trauma of the situation and interacting with the necessary local, state, and federal partners. Applicants must include a plan to ensure that case management is provided for all victims of human trafficking enrolled in the program, regardless of where the victim resides. For example, case management should be provided, either in-house or through project partners, for victims under the age of 18 who may be placed in foster care, a group home, or reside with family; or for adults living independently or within a substance abuse treatment center or a shelter.
The Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking program will support programs that focus on one of the following 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. Comprehensive services include a range of services that victims of human trafficking often need in order to address their needs for safety, security, and healing. These services include, but are not limited to, case management, shelter, medical care, dental care, mental health treatment/counseling, substance abuse treatment, legal services, education, training, employment assistance, and transportation assistance.
- 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. Comprehensive services include a range of services that victims of human trafficking often need in order to address their needs for safety, security, and healing. These services include, but are not limited to, case management, shelter, medical care, dental care, mental health treatment/counseling, substance abuse treatment, legal services, education, training, employment assistance, and transportation assistance. Applicants should demonstrate a sustained significant caseload of trafficking victims and a high need in their jurisdiction for services (for example, the use of waitlists for certain services).
- 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. Under this purpose area, grantees will carry out a planning phase during the first year of the project for the delivery of comprehensive services in collaboration with community partners. In years 2 and 3 of the project period, grantees will provide comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking.
Amount: A total of $12,750,000 is available to make 18 awards that range from $550,000-$925,000. The project period is 36 months. Awards are specific to purpose areas, as follows:
- Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services: Approximately six awards will be made that range up to $775,000 each.
- Purpose Area 2: Comprehensive Services for Sustained Caseloads: Approximately four awards will be made that range up to $925,000 each.
- Purpose Area 3: Capacity Building: Approximately eight awards will be made for up to $550,000 each.
Eligibility: States, territories, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofits). For the purposes of this program, a unit of local government is any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state, territory, or federally recognized Indian tribal government.
Applicants must demonstrate that they have prior experience serving trafficking victims. They also must document that they have a Comprehensive Service Model in place or have specific plans to use grant funding to develop such a model. Applicants must ensure that the services outlined below will be made available to victims of all forms of human trafficking within the stated geographic area, including foreign nationals, U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents (LPRs), adults, minors, males, and females.