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Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)


    The overarching goal of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist all victims of human trafficking in achieving their goals, which may include increased independence and self-sufficiency, and increased feelings of safety and well-being. Grantees funded through this solicitation will be expected to engage in all of the following activities in order to meet program goals and objectives:

    • Provide comprehensive services for victims of all forms 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 develop comprehensive response protocols to ensure that 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; and
    • Conduct data collection and action research activities and evaluation to determine if the program is meeting stated goals and objectives. (Note: 2 to 7 percent of the total project budget, including match funds, must be dedicated to action research activities.)

    In FY2019, OVC will support projects in two purpose areas:

    • Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking. The objectives of the Comprehensive Services purpose area are to enhance interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and to provide high-quality services that address the individualized needs of trafficking victims. Purpose Area 1 includes three focus areas (the applicant must indicate the focus area number and title which is being addressed in the Program Abstract):
      • Focus Area 1. Building Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services will provide funding to organizations to strengthen their capacity to provide comprehensive services for victims of all forms of human trafficking. Under this focus area, the first year of the grant project period will be used to plan and strategically develop organizational capacity to provide comprehensive services in-house and through community partnerships to victims of human trafficking. In years two and three of the grant project period, grantees will provide comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking and will be required to submit MOUs from partnering organizations.
      • Focus Area 2. Sustaining Capacity to Provide Services to Victims of Human Trafficking will provide funding to experienced service providers to offer comprehensive services outlined within the Comprehensive Services Model (see Appendix B).
      • Focus Area 3. Comprehensive Services and Partnership With Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces provides funding to service providers who demonstrate a history of offering direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking and working within multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces.
    • Specialized Services. This purpose area will provide funding to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing services for victims of human trafficking. The goal is to focus on a number of identified gaps in services to assist victims of all forms of human trafficking. 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.

    Funds awarded through this OVC cooperative agreement are intended primarily to support the cost of direct services that promote victim safety and stability in the aftermath of victimization, leading to the goal of independence and economic self-sufficiency. OVC does not set time limits on services and supports the provision of ongoing case management 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. 


    History of Funding

    Up to $12,750,000 was available in FY2018. Awards vary based on purpose area -

    • Comprehensive Services - Six awards of up to $775,000 each.
    • Comprehensive Services for Sustained Caseloads - Four awards of up to $925,000 each.
    • Capacity Building - Eight awards of up to $550,000 each.

    Additional Information

    Applicants seeking funding through this solicitation must demonstrate that they have prior experience serving trafficking victims. They also must document that they have a Comprehensive Service Model in place or have specific plans to use grant funding to develop such a model. Applicants must ensure that the services outlined will be made available to victims of all forms of human trafficking within the stated geographic area, including foreign nationals, U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents (LPRs), adults, minors, males, and females.


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington, DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations, and non-governmental organizations.

    NOTE: Grantees awarded funding in Fiscal Years (FYs) 2017 or 2018 under the Comprehensive Services for All Victims of Human Trafficking, Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking, or the Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Force solicitations are not eligible to apply for funding under Purpose Areas 1 and 2 of this program, unless the new proposal outlines new services, cost items, or a distinct geographic scope not included in the FY 2017 or 2018 award.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by July 19, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $46,500,000 is available in FY2019. Awards vary based on purpose area -

    • Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking -
      • Focus Area 1 (Grant): Up to 40 awards up to $550,000 each are anticipated.
      • Focus Area 2 (Grant): Number of awards vary. Awards are up to $925,000 each.
      • Focus Area 3 (Cooperative Agreement): Number of awards vary. Awards are up to $900,000 each.
    • Specialized Services - 30 awards of up to $650,000 each are anticipated.

    OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance. Awards made under Focus Area 3, for Comprehensive Services and Partnership with Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces will begin on October 1, 2019. Awards made under Comprehensive Services Focus Areas 1 and 2, and Purpose Area 2 for Specialized Services will begin on January 1, 2020. Cost sharing/matching of 25% is required.

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