U.S. Department of Justice: Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking – Supporting Law Enforcement’s Role
The Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking – Supporting Law Enforcement’s Role (ECM HT) program will support law enforcement entities in building capacity and operational effectiveness as a core member of a collaborative, multidisciplinary human trafficking task force. Eligible applicants must operate as part of a multidisciplinary human trafficking task force and identify and partner with victim service providers to offer comprehensive services to all victims of human trafficking. Successful applicants will implement victim-centered, collaborative, and sustainable approaches that will:
- Identify victims of all types of human trafficking
- Engage in coordinated approaches for proactive victim-centered investigations
- Investigate, refer, and prosecute both sex and labor trafficking cases (including the purchasers of commercial sex) at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels
- Address the individualized needs of trafficking victims through the provision of a comprehensive array of quality services
Category 1: ECM Task Force Capacity Building and Infrastructure Development
- Category 1 applicants must partner with a victim services provider that is seeking funding under the FY 2019 Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking Program: Focus Area 3 – Comprehensive Services and Partnership with Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces. They must also include a signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) between both applicants as a required attachment to this application. Priority consideration may also be given to applicants/task forces from rural jurisdictions, including those that coordinate with United States southwest rural law enforcement components to help identify traffickers and interdiction capacity, and federally recognized Indian tribes.
- Funding under this category area is intended to help task forces expand law enforcement’s core capabilities, overall capacity building, and organizational infrastructure as they relate to starting up a multidisciplinary task force. Successful applicants under Category 1 will dedicate the first year of funding to formalizing the task force structure, developing operational protocols and procedures, accessing professional development opportunities, delivering training to key stakeholders, and conducting assessments to identify potential areas of the community where sex and labor trafficking may be occurring.
To address the program’s objectives, the following are mandatory activities for Category 1 applicants:
- Establish and formalize effective task force leadership, membership, and structure
- Conduct a community assessment using available data and the experiences of task force stakeholders to identify areas within the community where vulnerabilities for trafficking exploitation may be occurring
- Develop a range of protocols that define clearly roles and responsibilities
- Using those protocols, conduct investigations and prosecutions of sex trafficking and labor trafficking crimes and train partners to identify both sex and labor trafficking victims
- Train key partners in the identification of victims of both sex trafficking and labor trafficking
- Train key partners on trauma-informed care principles and practices, including trauma-informed protocols for identifying, screening, and interviewing victims of human trafficking
- In partnership with an OVC-funded victim service provider, ensure there is a comprehensive array of services available for victims of all forms of human trafficking
- Establish procedures for collecting, sharing, analyzing, and reporting data
- Conduct ongoing assessment activities (routine data collection, analysis, and data sharing) to assess and guide task force performance and produce annual reports documenting this effort
- Where applicable, coordinate with Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) sites operating in the same jurisdiction
Category 2: Advancing ECM HT Task Force Operational Effectiveness
- Category 2 applicants must demonstrate an existing collaborative partnership with at least one lead victim services provider with the ability to coordinate a comprehensive array of services for victims of all forms of human trafficking identified by the task force. While not required, Category 2 applicants may consider partnering with a victim service provider that is seeking funding under the FY 2019 OVC Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking Program: Focus Area 3 – Comprehensive Services and Partnership with Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces. Applicants must include a signed MOU between both providers as a required attachment to this application.
- Funding under this category is intended to help established task forces expand investigation and prosecution strategies and tools, broaden task force partnerships, ongoing task force assessment and use of data, and to strengthen operational protocols. Priority consideration may also be given to applicants/task forces from rural jurisdictions, including those along the southwest border, federally recognized Indian tribes, and those ECM HT task forces that can demonstrate achievements in: Established task force leadership and structure and protocol development; Identifying victims of labor and sex trafficking; Successful investigations and prosecution of sex and labor trafficking crimes at the state and/or federal levels; Established protocols (i.e., information sharing and confidentiality, referrals to/from law enforcement and victim service providers, communication and working with the media, data collection and data sharing, and delivery of a comprehensive array of services for all trafficking victims); Demonstrated working relationships with SAKI sites in the jurisdiction.
To address the program’s objectives, the following are mandatory activities for Category 2 applicants:
- Sustain consistent, experienced, and committed task force partnerships and coordination, including substantive leadership or participation from the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO).
- Expand task force membership to include a comprehensive array of local, state, and federal prosecutors, law enforcement, representatives from other local, state, or federal task forces such as Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), labor and regulatory agencies, and system- and community-based victim service providers, specialized service providers, and other collaborative partners, such as the state department of labor, to ensure a focus on both sex and labor trafficking.
- Strengthen and expand collaborative partnerships between federal, state, and local law enforcement and nongovernmental organizations, and solidify those relationships in revised or new MOUs. Consider new partners from school systems, public health, and other organizations that have data and/or resources that can assist the task force with achieving local or statewide objectives.
- Train law enforcement and prosecutors on victim-centered strategies for investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases.
- Expand range of protocols and operational procedures to address all task force operational activities. Ensure these include trauma-informed protocols and ongoing training for law enforcement for identifying, screening, and interviewing victims of human trafficking.
- Work with victim service providers to deliver a comprehensive array of services to victims of all forms of human trafficking.
- Conduct ongoing task force assessment and analysis activities to assess and guide task force performance and produce annual reports documenting this effort.
- Integrate technology and analytics into the overall strategy and work to incorporate modern or advanced technology into task force operations.
Amount: Approximately $8,500,000 is available to make up to five awards ranging up to $800,000 for Category 1 applicants and up to five awards ranging up to $900,000 for Category 2 applicants. The period of performance for both Categories is 36 months.
Eligibility: Public agencies of states with law enforcement functions, units of local government (including rural law enforcement), and federally recognized Indian tribes.
- Category 1: Task Force Capacity Building and Infrastructure is targeted to applicants that support a multidisciplinary human trafficking task force that is new, has recently formed, or is in the process of forming
- Category 2: Advancing Task Force Operational Effectiveness is targeted to applicants that have received Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking funding in the past or that participate in a multidisciplinary human trafficking task force that has been operational for a minimum of 3 years
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