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Submit Your Artwork to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act recognizes the importance of holding traffickers criminally accountable, protecting victims, and preventing victimization from occurring in the first place.

As the leader of the Department of Justice’s response efforts to combat human trafficking, the Office for Victims of Crime is pleased to announce the launch of an art initiative—Represent Resilience: Learning from Yesterday, Building a Stronger Tomorrow—to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

This art initiative provides a unique opportunity to recognize the great strides that have been taken since the act was passed; to envision efforts needed over the next 20 years to address human trafficking and its complexities; and to celebrate the continued resilience of trafficking survivors, reflect on the lessons learned collectively, and visualize the collaborative progression of the anti-trafficking field. 

Learn more about the initiative and submit your artwork by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

(Posted August 20, 2020)


OVC Releases a Resource Guide on COVID-19 for Human Trafficking Grantees

"Over the last few weeks, I’ve heard from many of you in the field that COVID–19 is stretching your resources and presenting challenges to your ability to conduct victim outreach and care," states OVC Director Jessica E. Hart. "Starting with the White House, the COVID-19 response is a whole-of-government effort, and I thought it would be useful to provide a round-up of COVID-19-related government guidelines and resources that may help you continue to provide high quality support and advocacy to survivors."

Read the Resource Guide on COVID-19 for Human Trafficking Grantees to help answer your most pressing questions about how to operate, provide services, and manage OVC grants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OVC continues to operate at full capacity, albeit remotely, and we will continue to support your efforts to provide critical services to victims of human trafficking.

(Posted May 14, 2020)


Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking

OVC is seeking applicants for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking solicitation.

This program is designed to develop, expand, and strengthen assistance programs for minor victims of sex trafficking.

The objective in providing these services is to achieve increased safety, self-sufficiency, and well-being for minor victims of sex trafficking.

Objectives include:

  1. Provision of services to meet the individualized needs of minor victims of sex trafficking; and
  2. Collaboration with, and training for, local partners (e.g., social service providers, public sector personnel, and private sector personnel likely to encounter sex trafficking victims) to ensure minor trafficking victims are properly identified and referred for appropriate services.

OVC anticipates making four awards of up to $2 million for a 12-month period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2021. Grants may be renewed for up to three additional 1-year periods, for a total of 4 years.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Friday, May 29, 2020.

(Posted April 15, 2020)

 

Register for National Listening Sessions on Child Exploitation during COVID–19

Every April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During this month, communities are encouraged to raise awareness and promote strategies that address the risk factors surrounding child abuse.

As part of our commemoration of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, OVC and the Office on Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are hosting four virtual listening sessions about child trafficking and exploitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register for the listening sessions that will cover prevention and response strategies at the federal, state, and local levels. Each listening session will include a brief presentation and a facilitated question and answer session.

Data Trends in Child Trafficking
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 (2:00–3:30 p.m. eastern time)
Register for this national listening session

State Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19 on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Safe Harbor Programs
Thursday, April 16, 2020 (2:00–3:30 p.m. eastern time)
Register for this national listening session

Remote Case Management and Service Interventions When Working With Children and Youth
Thursday, April 23, 2020 (2:00–3:30 p.m. eastern time)
Register for this national listening session

Preventing Online Child Sexual Exploitation
Thursday, April 30, 2020 (2:00–3:30 p.m. eastern time)
Register for this national listening session

(Posted April 10, 2020)

 

New Guidance on Creating Human Trafficking Public Awareness and Training Materials

The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) has released the Senior Policy Operating Group Public Awareness and Outreach Committee Guide For Public Awareness Materials (non-binding) publication.

This guide serves as a public resource that reflects the common messaging, standard statistics, and shared guidelines on images that Senior Policy Operating Group (SPOG) agencies use when creating public awareness and training materials on human trafficking. Other organizations and members of the public are encouraged to follow this guide and incorporate it into their organization policies and practices.

Among the recommendations in this guide is to avoid images that display physical abuse, reinforce misconceptions about human trafficking, or sensationalize the issue, such as those depicting victims of trafficking in chains, behind bars, or in handcuffs.

The PITF consists of 19 federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, responsible for coordinating U.S. government-wide efforts to combat trafficking in persons. The SPOG consists of senior officials designated as representatives of the PITF agencies. Both the PITF and SPOG work year-round to address the many aspects of human trafficking both in the United States and around the world.

(Posted March 27, 2020)

 

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Apply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking.

Applicants are invited to apply under the following three purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Developing Capacity to Serve Human Trafficking Victims
Under Purpose Area 1, up to 10 awards of up to $350,000 each will be made to organizations that have not received OVC human trafficking grants since 2015. The purpose of these awards is to support organizations that have limited or no prior experience in serving victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 2: Enhancing Scope of Services for Human Trafficking Victims
Under Purpose Area 2, up to 10 awards of up to $750,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a range of services to victims of human trafficking. The purpose of these awards is to enhance the scope of services offered by the organization (directly or through partnerships) that victims of human trafficking often require to address their needs.

Purpose Area 3: Specialized Services for Human Trafficking Victims
Under Purpose Area 3, up to 10 awards of up to $550,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a specialized service to victims of human trafficking. The goal is to increase the quality and quantity of the specialized to assist victims of all forms of human trafficking.

OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on Thursday, April 2, 2020, to review requirements and answer questions. View a recording and transcript of this webinar.

View changes to page 8 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020; Updated April 13, 2020)

 

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking

Apply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for minor victims of labor trafficking, whose victimization occurred when they were under the age of 18.

Organizations funded under this program will provide (directly and through partnerships) services that minor victims of labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing.

OVC anticipates making up to three awards of up to $666,667 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, to review requirements and answer questions. View a recording and transcript of this webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020; Updated April 13, 2020)

 

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking

Apply for the OVC FY 2020 Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking by supporting the delivery of specialized training and technical assistance to victim service-providing agencies and organizations to enhance their ability to provide appropriate housing for victims of human trafficking. Priority support will be given to OVC human trafficking grantees.

The selected applicant must be able to assist service providers on a national scale in leveraging existing federal, state, local, and private housing programs and initiatives that trafficking survivors may qualify for, and should demonstrate partnerships with relevant housing stakeholders.

OVC anticipates making one award of up to $2 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020, to review requirements and answer questions. View a recording and transcript of this webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020; Updated April 6, 2020)

 

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

Apply for the OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

OVC is seeking applications for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking.

The overall goal of the program is to improve responses for child and youth victims of trafficking with a focus on coordination at the statewide or tribal jurisdiction level to create effective change across systems. Recognizing that each jurisdiction is unique, applicants should 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 trafficking cases, and propose a program to systematically address those barriers.

OVC anticipates making up to four awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, to review requirements and answer questions. View a recording and transcript of this webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020; Updated April 13, 2020)

 

Funding Opportunity: OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

Apply for the OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking solicitation.

OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) are seeking applications to develop or support multidisciplinary task forces to combat human trafficking. This program has two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces: will support human trafficking task forces that have recently formed and are still in the process of formalizing task force structure and protocols. Funding under this purpose area is intended to help task forces with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary task force.

Purpose Area 2: Expanding Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness: allows task forces to compete for funding to expand their task force operations and partnerships, implement task force sustainability plans, and assist OJP in building the capacity of other task forces in the field.

Each task force selected for funding will receive two separate grants: one from OVC to a victim service partner, and one from BJA to a state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency partner.

OVC and BJA anticipate making 18 awards under Purpose Area 1 (9 task forces) of up to $1.5 million per task force and up to 10 awards under Purpose Area 2 (5 task forces) of up to $1.5 million per task force. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC and BJA conducted an optional pre-application webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020, to review requirements and answer questions. View a recording and transcript of this webinar.

View changes to pages 1 and 8 that OJP made after the initial release of the solicitation

Learn more and apply for the OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020; Updated May 4, 2020)

 

Register for a New Online Training on Human Trafficking

OVC recently announced the release of the new Understanding Human Trafficking training at the Human Trafficking Grantee Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

OVC invites victim service providers, allied professionals, and interested members of the general public to register for this new training, a series of five interactive online modules that offer foundational learning on trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches to human trafficking.

The Understanding Human Trafficking training equips participants to think critically about human trafficking using reliable resources, both locally and from across the United States. Some of the skills offered include—

  • implementing trauma-informed approaches to victim identification and outreach,
  • assessing victims for comprehensive service needs,
  • employing a collaborative victim service delivery model by connecting with local partners,
  • identifying accurate data and research on human trafficking, and
  • new strategies for researching and analyzing laws and policies that impact human trafficking, victim services, and victims' rights.

Register for this training today.

(Posted February 5, 2020)

 

Funding Opportunity: FY 2020 Research and Evaluation of Trafficking in Persons

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applicants for its FY 2020 Research and Evaluation of Trafficking in Persons solicitation.

NIJ continues to build upon its research and evaluation efforts to better understand, prevent, and respond to trafficking in persons in the United States. Applicants should propose research projects that—first and foremost—have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States.

NIJ is interested in research projects addressing both sex and labor trafficking. NIJ is particularly interested in research responding to the following priority areas—

  • identifying the health and wellness effects of trafficking victimization,
  • labor trafficking,
  • demand reduction, and
  • profiling recruitment tactics.

Learn more and apply for the NIJ FY 2020 Research and Evaluation of Trafficking in Persons solicitation. Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 20, 2020.

(Posted January 24, 2020)

 

OVC Resources for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Every January, our nation commemorates National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

This year, OVC celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which established the importance of holding traffickers criminally accountable, protecting victims, and preventing victimization from occurring in the first place. Learn more about some of OVC's work in supporting anti-trafficking professionals over the past 20 years.

Since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was passed, OVC has become the largest federal funder for direct services to victims of human trafficking in the United States.

OVC’s human trafficking team currently manages more than 243 awards representing over $167 million in 45 states, 1 territory, and the District of Columbia. In fiscal year (FY) 2019 alone, OVC made 120 awards totaling approximately $80 million to improve the quantity and quality of services for victims of all forms of human trafficking.

See our Human Trafficking Services and Task Forces Map for more information about OVC grantees currently providing services to victims of human trafficking.

This fiscal year, OVC released one human trafficking funding opportunity, the FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation. Subscribe to receive News From OVC for updates on additional funding opportunities.

OVC supports anti-trafficking professionals through training and technical assistance and other resources, such as:

OVC Human Trafficking Weblet
Recently updated, this site contains information about OVC-funded training and technical assistance and other federally-funded technical assistance providers.

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center: Human Trafficking
Find training and technical assistance to help build the capacity of your organization to respond to victims of human trafficking.

Faces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide
Use this resource to raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can take, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims.

Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide
This guide is a resource to support the day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces. It can be used to help create a new task force or enhance the operations of an existing task force.

Visit the OVC calendar for events commemorating this month, including two OVC-supported webinars:

Increasing Community Awareness of Labor Trafficking
January 15, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time

Survivor Strategies to Generate Income While Looking for Sustainable Employment: Opportunities through Independent Contracting
January 21, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time

In commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, join OVC and spread awareness to ensure all trafficking victims receive necessary support and services.

(Posted January 10, 2019)

 

Funding Opportunity: FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC announces the release of the FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The program will support—

  1. transitional housing, including funding for the operating expenses of a newly developed or existing transitional housing program; and

  2. short-term housing assistance, including rental or utilities payment assistance and assistance with related expenses.

Projects must also include support services designed to enable victims of human trafficking and any dependents to locate and secure permanent housing and find employment.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on December 19, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. View a recording and transcript of this webinar.

View changes to page 6 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation

Learn more and apply for the FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 3, 2020.

(Posted December 4, 2019; Updated January 6, 2020)

 
Date Created: May 11, 2020