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Deadline: July 9, 2018

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

The Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking program seeks applications to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers through the following two purpose areas (detailed below). Applicants may submit one application total, or one application under each of the two purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Evidence-Based, Trauma-Informed Services for Victims of Human Trafficking: Funding will support the identification of promising practices and the delivery of evidence-based, trauma-informed clinical, mental health, and substance abuse services within a system of care, as clinically necessary, for victims of human trafficking. Possible approaches include (but are not limited to) interventions that are rated as promising or effective within the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare. Applicants are encouraged to propose innovative strategies for delivering mental health and substance abuse services to human trafficking victims in communities where service delivery is limited due to geographic isolation; lack of local mental health and substance abuse professionals; high rates of unemployment and poverty; and language barriers.

Funds may be used to support new or existing mental health and substance abuse services for trafficking victims; provide ongoing clinical supervision and guidance to staff on how to use evidence-based trauma interventions with adult, adolescent, and child victims of human trafficking; collect data related to the services delivered under the project; and conduct evaluation or action-oriented research activities to determine if the intervention or service was implemented as planned and to identify areas of improvement.

For new programs, applicants may use up to 12 months of funding for organizational assessment, planning, and staff training. This planning period could include effecting changes in policies, procedures, and practices to support an organizational trauma-informed orientation and/or providing ongoing clinical supervision to licensed mental health and licensed or certified substance abuse professionals on the use of trauma-specific mental health and substance abuse interventions that may be helpful for trafficking victims within the applicant’s service setting. After the planning period, service providers will offer the new intervention or service to trafficking victims, and fulfill the remaining deliverables of the proposed project, including data collection and project evaluation.

For existing programs, applicants will address identified challenges or gaps through enhancements to the trauma-informed approach. Funding can support follow-up training, mentoring, or consultation for staff and/or service provider partners throughout the 3 years of the project.

Purpose Area 2: Addressing Barriers to Identifying and Assisting Labor Trafficking Victims: Funding will support implementation of innovative ideas to increase the identification of victims of labor trafficking and enhance service delivery to those victims. Projects should focus on a particular community or region of the United States, for example, by developing creative collaborations with a variety of organizations, businesses, labor and zoning officials, faith-based groups, or other groups that may come into contact with victims of labor trafficking. While some training and materials development may be used to increase identification, the focus of the project should be on strengthening partnerships to increase victim identification and provide specific services needed to support victims of labor trafficking. Applicants will need to demonstrate how the proposed approach is responsive to vulnerable individuals in the geographic area to be served.

Amount: A total of $3,600,000 is available to make up to six awards (three per purpose area) of up to $600,000 each. The period of performance is 36 months. Applicants must provide a cost-share (cash or in-kind) of 25%.

Eligibility: States, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofits). A unit of local government is considered to be any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general-purpose political subdivision of a state, territory, or federally recognized Indian tribal government.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=306101

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