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U.S. Department of Justice: Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking

Deadline: June 27, 2019

The Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking program seeks innovative ideas to enhance identification of and services for victims. Proposed projects should develop or enhance promising practices, models, and victim-centered programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to close gaps in assisting all victims of sex and labor trafficking in the United States.

Human trafficking occurs within many different settings, and the victims of these crimes are diverse. Victims can be foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. Under this program, a victim of trafficking is defined as a person who has been subjected to “severe forms of trafficking in persons,” which means:

  • Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age
  • The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery

Applicants must describe how their proposed project extends beyond existing programming and is innovative in addressing gaps in the current victim identification and/or assistance response to human trafficking. Applicants must also include and describe their plan for human trafficking survivor involvement in the proposed project. Proposed projects may adopt a local, statewide, or national scope, but applicants should specify the geographic area(s) where the project will be implemented. All services supported with funding should be trauma-informed and linguistically and developmentally appropriate.

The overarching goal of this program is to improve and support the victim services field’s response to victims of human trafficking, and to bridge gaps in assisting victims of human trafficking. The program seeks to address four areas, which may intersect, depending on the applicant’s proposed activities and project strategy. These are:

  1. Improving the quality and quantity of victim-centered and trauma-informed services for victims of human trafficking
  2. Establishing creative collaborations or coalition building
  3. Developing service models or best practices designed to identify and/or serve victims of human trafficking
  4. Expanding or enhancing existing service models or best practices to identify and/or serve victims of human trafficking

Amount: Approximately $3,600,000 is available to make up to four awards of up to $900,000 each for a 36-month period of performance.

Eligibility: States, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (defined as an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 and is exempt from taxation under 501(a) of such title).

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315362

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