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

Deadline: February 27, 2017

The purpose of the Enhanced Collaborative Model To Combat Human Trafficking program is to support the development and enhancement of multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces that implement collaborative approaches to combating all forms of human trafficking within the United States — sex trafficking and labor trafficking — of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens (of all sexes and ages). The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) intend for funding through this program to enhance the effectiveness of multidisciplinary task forces that are implementing victim-centered and coordinated approaches to identify victims of all types of human trafficking, address the individualized needs of victims through quality services, and investigate and prosecute sex and labor trafficking cases at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.

Through this solicitation, OVC and BJA 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. All applicants are required to submit with their application a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the task force that includes at least signatures from the lead law enforcement agency, the lead victim service provider, the USAO that has jurisdiction over the geographic region covered by the task force, and federal law enforcement.

Amount: Approximately $15,000,000 is available for up to 20 awards ranging from $600,000-$900,000 for 10 task forces. Two awards will be made within each task force location (one award for a lead law enforcement agency and one award for a lead victim service provider within each task force). Federal funds to each task force will not exceed $1,500,000.

Eligibility: States, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as recognized by the Secretary of the Interior), and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofit and nongovernment organizations). Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers located and operating within the community, jurisdiction, or geographic area of the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Eligible applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are members of a human trafficking task force that has been operating for at least one year prior to this application.

Link: https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/Solicitation.aspx

Notes: This funding announcement requires two separate but coordinated applications from each human trafficking task force seeking funding: one application from a lead state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency and one application from a lead victim service organization. The two applications must be developed in close collaboration with each other, and must be submitted as a pair, with each applicant naming the other as the primary partner.

A pre-application webinar will be held at 12:00 p.m. MST on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

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