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U.S. Department of Justice: Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking

Deadline: July 5, 2018

The Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking program aims to assist communities in developing effective and sustainable multidisciplinary task forces that will implement victim-centered and coordinated approaches to identifying victims of sex and labor trafficking, addressing the individualized needs of victims through services, and investigating and prosecuting sex and labor trafficking cases (as well as the purchasers of commercial sex) at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.

The program will make awards to support law enforcement and victim service provider efforts within human trafficking task forces. Within each geographic region covered by a task force, two separate awards will be made—one to a lead law enforcement agency, and one to a lead victim service provider. The law enforcement agency and victim service provider applicants must submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how this funding will be used to combat human trafficking, in coordination with other key members of the task force, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO); local prosecutor’s office; local, state, and federal law enforcement; and community- and system-based service providers.

Each task force applying for funding must submit a pair of applications (one from a law enforcement agency and one from a victim service provider partner) under one of the following three purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1 – Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces: Funding is intended to help task forces with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary task force. Successful applicants under Purpose Area 1 will dedicate the first year of funding to formalizing task force structure, developing operational procedures, accessing professional development opportunities, delivering training to key stakeholders, and conducting a community assessment to identify potential areas of the community where sex and labor trafficking may be occurring.

Purpose Area 2 – Increasing Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness: Funding allows FY 2015 task forces to compete for funding to support continued task force activities and develop a plan for task force sustainability.

Purpose Area 3 – Expanding Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness: Funding allows FY 2015 task forces to compete for funding to expand their task force efforts, implement task force sustainability plans, and assist the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in building the capacity of other task forces in the field by providing mentoring and peer support to newly established task forces.

Amount: A total of $22,000,000 is available to award up to 15 task forces (30 awards – two per task force; an award to the law enforcement agency and a second award to the victim service provider partner). The total amount of funding that will be awarded for each task force is dependent on purpose area, as follows:

  • Purpose Area 1 – Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces: Each award (one for a law enforcement agency and one for a victim service provider within each task force) will be for between $500,000 and $700,000. Combined federal funds to each task force may not exceed $1,200,000. The project period is three years.
  • Purpose Area 2 – Increasing Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness: Each award (one for a law enforcement agency and one for a victim service provider) will be between $600,000 and $900,000. Federal funds to each task force will not exceed $1,500,000. The project period is three years.
  • Purpose Area 3 – Expanding Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness: Each award (one for a law enforcement agency and one for a victim service provider) will be between $600,000 and $900,000. Federal funds to each task force will not exceed $1,500,000. The project period is three years.

Federal funds awarded under this solicitation may not cover more than 75 percent of the total costs of the project. An applicant must identify the source of the 25 percent non-federal portion of the total project costs (cash or in-kind) and how it will use match funds.

Eligibility: Dependent on purpose are, as follows:

  • Purpose Area 1: Human trafficking task forces that have recently formed or are still in the process of formalizing task force structure and protocols. Task forces that have never received funding under the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program or those that last received funding under this program in FY 2013 or earlier are eligible to apply.
  • Purpose Area 2: Increasing Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness: Human trafficking task forces that were funded in FY 2015 under the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program—Purpose Area 1.
  • Purpose Area 3: Expanding Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness: Human trafficking task forces that were funded in FY 2015 under the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program—Purpose Area 2.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=305906

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