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Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) to Combat Human Trafficking

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking, to include enhancing the capacity of law enforcement and other stakeholders to identify victims and provide justice for those victims through the investigation and prosecution of their traffickers.

    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/or 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. Successful applicants under Purpose Area 1 will dedicate the first 1218 months of funding to formalizing task force structure, developing operational procedures, accessing professional development opportunities, delivering training to key stakeholders, and conducting a community assessment to identify potential areas of the community where sex and labor trafficking may be occurring. Task forces that have never received funding under the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program and those that received funding prior to FY 2017 but do not meet the definition of an established task force (defined under Purpose Area 2 below) are eligible to apply.

    Purpose Area 2: Expanding Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness will support established task forces that may have previously received funding under the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program for a grant that ends on or before September 30,2020; have strong task force leadership and structure; and have a history of identifying trafficking victims and prosecuting traffickers. Purpose Area 2 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.

    The primary goal of this program is to develop or sustain multidisciplinary task forces to combat human trafficking. Objectives include”

    • developing or sustaining coordination of multidisciplinary human trafficking task force activities;
    • identifying victims of all types of human trafficking;
    • implementing victim-centered, trauma-informed, and collaborative approaches through the development of relevant task force protocols and training;
    • actively involving all task force partners in planning and executing proactive investigations and prosecutions;
    • investigating, referring, and prosecuting both sex and labor trafficking cases at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels;
    • assisting victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking in achieving increased safety, independence, self-sufficiency, and well-being through the provision of appropriate services; and
    • conducting data collection and ongoing assessment activities to determine if the program is meeting stated goals and objectives.

    History of Funding

    Since 2004, BJA and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) have collaborated to develop and support a multidisciplinary human trafficking task force model to combat human trafficking. Task forces following this model uphold the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) by ensuring that (1) all trafficking victims (defined on page 6) that are identified receive comprehensive services and (2) the crimes of human trafficking are successfully investigated and prosecuted at the state and federal levels. This FY 2019 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking (ECM HT) solicitation replaces previous joint BJA and OVC solicitations. 

    Additional Information

    Unallowable Costs

    The following activities cannot be supported with grant funds:

    • Holding Beds: Grantees may not œhold beds in a housing facility by charging their cost to the grant and keeping them empty until a victim needs the bed, when other victims need access to the beds, as this would be considered an unallowable contingency payment (see C.F.R. 200.433 (c)).
    • Stipends/Incentives to Participate in Services: Neither cash nor non-cash stipends or incentives may be paid to victims to encourage their participation in services.3
    • Primary Prevention Activities The purpose of this funding is to support multidisciplinary task force operations; therefore, applicants should not propose primary prevention activities under this program.


    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 and territories
    • Units of local government
    • Indian tribes
    • Nonprofit, nongovernmental victims service organizations with the capacity to serve human trafficking victims (defined as an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 and is exempt from taxation under 501(a) of such title).

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 18, 2020.

    Award Details

    Up to $22,000,000 is available in FY2020. Individual funding levels vary based on program category:

    • Purpose Area 1: Awards may be up to $1.5 million per task force. 18 awards (9 task forces) are anticipated.
    • Purpose Area 2: Awards may be up to $1.5 million per task force. 10 awards (5 task forces) are anticipated.

    Cost sharing/matching of 25% is required for both program category. Project periods may extend up to 36-months, beginning October 1, 2020.

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