U.S. Department of Justice: Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking
Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking will support projects to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to victims of human trafficking. Grants will fund direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking, as well as for efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.
Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking includes three focus areas:
- Focus Area 1. Building Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services will provide funding to organizations to strengthen their capacity to provide comprehensive services for victims of all forms of human trafficking. Under this focus area, the first year of the grant project period will be used to plan and strategically develop organizational capacity to provide comprehensive services in-house and through community partnerships to victims of human trafficking. In years two and three of the grant project period, grantees will provide comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking and will be required to submit Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) from partnering organizations.
- Focus Area 2. Sustaining Capacity to Provide Services to Victims of Human Trafficking will provide funding to experienced service providers to offer comprehensive services.
- Focus Area 3. Comprehensive Services and Partnership With Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces provides funding to service providers who demonstrate a history of offering direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking and working within multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces. Organizations funded under this focus area must submit with their application an MOU with a law enforcement agency that is applying for funding under the solicitation titled Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking: Supporting Law Enforcement’s Role (https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=Enhanced%20Collaborative%20Model%20Task%20Force%20To%20Combat%20Human%20Trafficking).
Purpose Area 2: Specialized Services will provide funding to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services (housing; economic and leadership empowerment and/or education; mental health; substance use disorder; and legal assistance) available to assist victims of human trafficking.
Amount: Dependent upon Purpose Area, as follows:
Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking will make up to 40 awards:
- Focus Area 1 – Grants of up to $550,000
- Focus Area 2 – Grants of up to $925,000
- Focus Area 3 – Cooperative Agreements of up to $900,000
Purpose Area 2: Specialized Services will make up to 30 grant awards of up to $650,000 each.
Eligibility: States, territories, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations.
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