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Human Trafficking

Grants & Funding

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Other Funding Opportunities

Administration of Children & Families
The Office on Trafficking in Persons, Administration of Children & Families, provides funding opportunities to strengthen prevention, assist with victim identification, and provide services to survivors of human trafficking.

Additionally, the Family and Youth Services' Bureau Runaway and Homeless Youth Program supports street outreach, emergency shelters, and longer-term transitional living and maternity group home programs to serve and protect these young people.

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Through the Collaborative Model to Improve Law Enforcement Investigations of Human Trafficking grant program, BJA assists law enforcement agencies—and their communities—in developing effective and sustainable multidisciplinary task forces that implement coordinated, victim-centered approaches to identify victims of sex and labor trafficking.

The model also addresses the individualized needs of victims by providing them with services and investigates and prosecutes sex and labor trafficking cases at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels. For more information, visit the BJA Funding page.

Office on Violence Against Women
Administered by the Office on Violence Against Women, states and territories receive Violence Against Women Act funds to support programs for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking.

Grants.gov is a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. This site also provides a learning center to help users apply for grant opportunities.

Overview of Office of Justice Programs' Human Trafficking Programs

OVC is one of six one of six components within the Office of Justice Program (OJP). OJP receives funding under 22 U.S.C. § 7105(b)(2) for the purposes of developing, expanding, or strengthening victim service programs for victims of trafficking. The table below outlines information about OJP human trafficking funding from Fiscal Year 2011–present.

OJP Funding to Support Develop, Expand, and Strengthen Programs for Victims of Human Trafficking

Fiscal Year Human Trafficking Appropriation Domestic Trafficking Victims Fund (transfer from HHS) Total
2011 $10,354,000 N/A $10,354,000
2012 $10,500,000 N/A $10,500,000
2013 $12,403,575 N/A $12,403,575
2014 $14,100,000 N/A $14,100,000
2015 $42,250,000 N/A $42,250,000
2016 $45,000,000 $3,000,000 $48,000,000
2017 $45,000,000 $3,000,000 $48,000,000
2018 $77,000,000 $3,000,000 $80,000,000
2019 $85,000,000 $3,000,000 $88,000,000

An overview of OVC human trafficking programs implemented under 22 U.S.C. § 7105(b)(2) is provided below. Please note that program format may change and that not all programs are funded every year. Visit the Map of OVC/BJA-Funded Human Trafficking Services and Task Forces to view all active OVC grantees and OVC and Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded human trafficking task forces.

Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking Program
This program is jointly administered by OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Law enforcement and victim service applicants both apply for funding to support the development or enhancement of multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces that work to identify victims of sex and labor trafficking and ensure that they have access to a comprehensive array of services.

Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking Program
This program is designed to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of all forms of human trafficking. Recipients of funding under this program seek to provide high quality services that address the individual needs of trafficking victims and by enhancing interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking.

Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Program
This program focuses on addressing significant gaps in services to assist all victims of severe forms of human trafficking. This program responds to specialized service needs that have been identified by the anti-trafficking field.

Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Program
The purpose of the program is to improve outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking. In 2015, Congress passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Section 103 of this Act establishes the possibility of funding for victim-centered grants focused on creating or enhancing collaborative, multistakeholder response to identifying and assisting child trafficking victims and investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases involving children.

Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking
This program is designed to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking under the age of 18.

Project Beacon: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking Program
The purpose of this program is to increase the quantity and quality of services available to American Indian and Alaska Native victims of sex trafficking who reside in urban areas.

Increasing Legal Access to Victims of Crime Program
This program encourages innovations in access to justice programs with a significant human trafficking component. With this funding, grantee Equal Justice Works is implementing the Crime Victims Justice Corps of more than 60 legal fellows to increase capacity and access to civil legal assistance for victims of violence, including victims of human trafficking.

Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking Program
This program explores innovative ideas generated by the anti-trafficking and victim services fields to address gaps in programs and services for victims of human trafficking.

Date Created: May 1, 2020