U.S. Department of Justice: Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development
The Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development program will fund projects designed:
- To enhance the quality of services available to assist victims of human trafficking by providing specialized training and technical assistance (TTA) to legal and social service providers, community organizations, and other stakeholders
- To develop resources that commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victim Protection Act (TVPA) to raise public awareness, promote community outreach, and create educational activities around the country to address human trafficking
- To develop a key resource to improve the response to victims of human trafficking wherever they are identified
Applicants must address at least one of the following purpose areas:
- Purpose Area 1: Training and Technical Assistance on Crime Victim Compensation for Victims of Human Trafficking – The goal of Purpose Area 1 is to help trafficking victims better access Crime Victim Compensation benefits by providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to legal and social service providers regarding the rules and requirements for compensation in their respective states, and on the successful completion of compensation applications, so they can assist human trafficking survivors submit claims for eligible costs. TTA under this purpose area can also assist legal and social service providers in developing additional resource materials and awareness information on the existence and parameters of crime victim compensation program in the state and territories.
- Purpose Area 2: Training and Technical Assistance on Labor Trafficking – Under this purpose area, the grantee will develop and deliver training and technical assistance designed to assist social service providers and other community stakeholders to create a community response to labor trafficking for minor and adult victims, both U.S. citizens and foreign born, by providing resources to help identify labor trafficking situations and its victims; increasing awareness about civil remedies available to victims of forced labor; and offering other project activities such as training on the various forms of labor trafficking, resources and information on laws and regulations that have a direct impact on labor trafficking, and awareness materials and protocols to help communities respond to labor trafficking cases in a coordinated manner.
- Purpose Area 3: Training and Technical Assistance on State-Level Financial Remedies for Human Trafficking Victims – Under Purpose Area 3 the grantee will develop and provide training and technical assistance in obtaining court-ordered criminal restitution or civil settlements for victims of trafficking at the state level. The TTA provider will also assist in the development of educational materials and/or conduct trainings and host conferences on this topic.
- Purpose Area 4: Resource Development on Public Awareness for the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victim Protection Act (TVPA) – The overarching goal of this initiative and the outreach is to support communities in planning local commemorations of the 20th Anniversary of the TVPA through public awareness, community outreach, and education activities. Local communities should plan to leverage other sources of funding to obtain in-kind support from local businesses, civic and faith organizations, schools, mental health and medical providers, and the media. By enhancing awareness, the end goal should be to educate the public about trafficking victims’ rights and services, as well as identifying and helping more victims of human trafficking nationwide.
- Purpose Area 5: Resource Development on Standards of Care for Human Trafficking Victims – Under this purpose area, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) seeks applications to adapt OVC’s Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime to provide guidance to human trafficking victim service providers by developing specific Standards of Care for serving victims of all forms of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. These standards should be developed to promote competency and ethical integrity and offer guidance to organization leaders, program directors, and professionals serving trafficking victims, while enhancing the quality and consistency of services for survivors in the United States.
Amount: Approximately $3,900,000 is available to make five awards in Purpose Areas 1-5. The breakdown for the awards under each Purpose Area is as follows:
- Purpose Area 1: One award for up to $850,000 for a 3-year performance period
- Purpose Area 2: One award for up to $1,000,000 for a 3-year performance period
- Purpose Area 3: One award for up to $850,000 for a 3-year performance period
- Purpose Area 4: One award of up to $450,000 for a 16-month performance period
- Purpose Area 5: One award of up to $750,000 for a 3-year performance period
Eligibility: Under Purpose Areas 1, 2, 3, and 5, eligible applicants are states, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, national organizations, institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofits). Under Purpose Area 4, eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations.
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