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U.S. Department of Justice: Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Deadline: March 9, 2017

The primary goal of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking. Funding will be provided to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing services for victims of human trafficking. Funding will support specialized services for victims of human trafficking, including services for underserved victims of human trafficking such as men and boys, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ). Funding will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.

Programs that focus on one or more of the following four priority areas are of interest:

  • Specialized short-term, emergency, transitional, or long-term safe housing or shelter programs
  • Economic empowerment/education services
  • Mental health/substance abuse/health services
  • Legal services

Victims of trafficking have diverse and distinct needs that may require specialized responses. This solicitation focuses on support of a specialized service or services to bridge gaps in current service provision. This program has the following objectives:

  • Provide one or more of the four specialized priority service areas identified above for all victims of human trafficking, either in-house or through community partnerships.
  • Work in collaboration with federal, state, and local law enforcement, local service providers, and community- and faith-based organizations to ensure trafficking victims are identified and referred for appropriate services.
  • Conduct training and public awareness activities for professionals and community members in order to improve their knowledge of human trafficking and their ability to identify and respond to victims. (Note: A minimum of 2 percent, but no more than 5 percent, of the total project budget, including match funds, must be dedicated to conducting training and public awareness activities.)
  • Conduct data collection and evaluation activities to determine if the program is meeting stated goals and objectives. (Note: a minimum of 2 percent, but not more than 5 percent, of th e total project budget, including match funds, must be dedicated to evaluation and data collection activities.)

Funds awarded through this program are intended primarily to support the cost of direct services that promote victim safety and stability in the short-term aftermath of victimization, leading to the goal of autonomy and economic self-sufficiency. There are no set time limits on services, and the provision of ongoing case management is supported when there are no other specialized programs to provide case management services; however, funds awarded through this program are not intended to provide long-term financial support to trafficking victims.

Amount: Approximately $10,000,000 is available to award up to 16 cooperative agreements of $600,000 each for a 36-month project period. Applicants must provide a 25% match of the total project cost in non-federal funds and indicate how match funds will be used.

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

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291176

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