U.S. Department of Justice: Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking
The Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking program aims to improve outcomes for children and youth who are victims of human trafficking by integrating human trafficking policy and programming at the state or tribal level and enhancing coordinated, multidisciplinary, and statewide approaches to serving trafficked youth. Applications will be accepted under two categories.
Category 1 – Statewide or Tribal Jurisdiction-wide Response: This category seeks applications for up to 3 state or tribal jurisdictions to identify the state or tribe’s greatest barriers to identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or to investigating and prosecuting these cases, and to develop a statewide or tribal jurisdiction-wide strategy to address these challenges. Successful applications will describe how the state or tribe will:
- Ensure that child and youth victims of human trafficking are provided comprehensive, coordinated, trauma-informed services to fully address their needs.
- Identify and/or coordinate with relevant organizations that can provide tailored services.
- Identify eligibility for public benefits and services accessible to victims of trafficking in order to efficiently use federal, state, local, and tribal funds.
- Ensure that law enforcement efforts supported through the program are victim-centered and trauma-informed, specific to working with children and youth.
- Ensure that protocols and policies are established to sustain the proposed program long term.
- Interact with representatives within the juvenile justice, child welfare, health care, and education systems in the state or tribal jurisdiction. There should be a specific focus on youth transitioning out of systems of care, including foster care and juvenile detention.
Category 2 – Children and Youth Technical Assistance Program: This category seeks an applicant to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) that is tailored and specific to the sites funded under the Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking program (both those newly funded in FY 2018 under Category 1 and the six previously funded grantees).
- Category 1 Statewide or Tribal Jurisdiction-wide Response: A total of up to $4,500,000 is available to make up to 3 awards that range up to $1,500,000.
- Category 2 Children and Youth Technical Assistance Program: One award for up to $600,000 will be made.
Awards are for a three-year period of performance.
Eligibility: Dependent on category, as follows:
- Category 1 – Statewide or Tribal Jurisdiction-wide Response: States (including U.S. territories and the District of Columbia) and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Eligible subrecipients are states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and nonprofit organizations.
- Category 2 – Children and Youth Technical Assistance Program: Eligible applicants are nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).
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