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

Deadline: June 1, 2015

The primary goal of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking by enhancing interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and through the provision of high quality services that address the individual needs of trafficking victims. This solicitation will provide funding to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing services for victims of human trafficking. Funding under this program will support specialized services for victims of human trafficking, including services for underserved victims of human trafficking such as American Indians and/or Alaska Natives (AI/AN) or individuals who identify as straight, 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.

Victims of trafficking have diverse and distinct needs that may require specialized responses. Their needs may differ depending on their age, gender, citizenship, culture, language skills, type of trafficking experienced, history of victimization, and a host of other factors. Additionally, specialized services supported under this program must be trauma-informed and culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate.

Proposals under this grant program may include, but are not limited to, a plan to provide any of the following types of services and interventions:

  • Legal Services: including immigration assistance, assistance with civil legal remedies, victims’ rights enforcement, and assistance pursuing efforts to vacate a victim’s criminal conviction and/or expunge a victim’s criminal record (where the law allows a record to be vacated/expunged based on being a human trafficking victim)
  • Mental Health Services: including trauma-informed screening and assessment, individual and/or group counseling, substance abuse treatment, and trauma-specific therapies and treatments
  • Support Groups: including survivor, peer, and parent and guardian facilitated support groups
  • Mentoring programs to include one-on-one and/or group sessions
  • Gender-specific programs to include targeted services that work with a specific gender or LGBTQ youth and/or adults
  • Programs and interventions implemented within adult correction facilities or juvenile detention facilities targeting potential or actual victims of human trafficking
  • Programs and interventions implemented within runaway and homeless youth facilities or drop-in centers
  • Programs targeting traditionally underserved, or unserved populations such as AI/AN or LGBTQ victims
  • Specialized short-term, transitional, emergency or long-term safe housing programs
  • School-based interventions: including services provided through schools to youth identified as victims of human trafficking
  • Literacy education, job training, and/or education and GED assistance that is culturally and linguistically appropriate
  • Life skills training, including managing personal finances, self-care, parenting classes, and programs that help clients achieve self-sufficiency
  • Assistance for victims to secure job training programs

Amount: Approximately 9 awards of $600,000 each for a 3-year project period will be made.

Eligibility: States, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), units of local government, and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofits).

Link: http://ojp.gov/ovc/grants/pdftxt/FY15_Specialized_Services_Solicitation_508.pdf

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