U.S. Department of Justice: Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
The Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking program aims 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. The priority is to serve all victims of human trafficking and provide them with all types of services to meet their individualized needs. This solicitation is responding to specialized service needs that have been identified by the field to help fill critical gaps in service. Programs that focus on one or more of the following priority areas will be supported:
- Housing services. Programs may address a range of housing options including, but not limited to, emergency shelter, short-term housing assistance, transitional housing, and/or rapid re-housing.
- Economic and leadership empowerment and/or education services. Examples of allowable programs include, but are not limited to, vocational/skills training, financial counseling, job readiness assistance, education programs, and assistance with educational and professional certifications.
- Mental health services. Programs include, but are not limited to, evidence-based prevention, treatment, and trauma-informed and recovery support services. Services such as care coordination, peer support, and integrated mental health and substance use, as well as medical services, must be included.
- Substance abuse services. Programs include, but are not limited to, evidence-based prevention, treatment, and trauma-informed and recovery support services. Services such as care coordination, peer support, medication-assisted therapies, and integrated mental health, substance use, and medical services must be included.
- Legal services. Comprehensive legal services, addressing the range of legal issues that arise from the victimization, may be provided in-house or through referrals to community partners. Examples of allowable services include, but are not limited to, immigration assistance; assistance with civil legal remedies, such as family law (including divorce, custody, and child support; emancipation, dependency, or guardianship; and family reunification); protective orders; employment law (including wage and hour claims); public benefits access; crime victims’ rights enforcement; and other civil legal remedies and legal resources available.
Specialized services supported under this program must be trauma-informed and linguistically and developmentally appropriate. 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.
Amount: A total of $14,000,000 is available to make up to 20 awards of up to $700,000 each. The period of performance is 36 months. Applicants must provide a 25% match of the total project cost in non-federal funds.
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); and nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofits). For the purposes of this program, a unit of local government is any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state, territory, or federally recognized Indian tribal government.
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