Department of Justice: Enhancing Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking

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Deadline: 10 May 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking applications for funding under a joint solicitation to support the development and enhancement of multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces within the United States  that implements victim-centered, collaborative, and sustainable approaches to:

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  • Identify victims of all types of human trafficking within specific geographic areas.
  • Investigate and prosecute sex trafficking and labor trafficking cases at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.
  • Address the individualized needs of victims through the provision of a comprehensive array of quality services.

Objectives

The human trafficking task force will:

  • establish and sustain effective leadership and a structure that will engage the necessary resources to support the successful identification of victims of all forms of human trafficking; service delivery; and investigation and prosecution of trafficking perpetrators.
  • make data-driven decisions based on a shared understanding of the prevalence, scope, and nature of human trafficking within the target geographic area.
  • identify victims of all types of human trafficking through the use of coordinated training, public awareness and outreach efforts, and trauma-informed screening and interview techniques
  • conduct proactive investigations of sex trafficking and labor trafficking with the goal of successful prosecution of human trafficking cases at the state or federal level.
  • ensure that a comprehensive array of services are readily available to meet the individualized needs of all victims of human trafficking, including foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, of all ages and sexes.

Funding Categories

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  • Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces
  • Enhancement of Established Human Trafficking Task Forces

Funding Information

  • Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces: Each cooperative agreement (one for law enforcement and one for service provider within each task force) will be between $600,000 and $900,000. Combined federal funds to each task force may not exceed $1.5 million.
  • Enhancement of Established Human Trafficking Task Forces: Each cooperative agreement (one for law enforcement and one for service providers) will be between $600,000 and $900,000. Federal funds to each task force will not exceed $1.5 million.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Grants under this program may be awarded to states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofits).
  • For the purposes of this program, a unit of local government is any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state, territory, or federally recognized Indian tribal government.
  • Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers located and operating within the community, jurisdiction, or geographic area of the human trafficking task force specified within the application.
  • This funding announcement requires two separate but coordinated applications from each human trafficking task force seeking funding: one application from a lead state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency and one application from a lead victim service organization.
  • The two applications must be developed in close collaboration with each other, and must be submitted as a pair, with each applicant naming the other as the primary partner.
  • Task forces applying for funding must submit the pair of applications under one of two Purpose Areas within this solicitation: Purpose Area 1- for the development of human trafficking task forces, or Purpose Area 2- for the enhancement of established human trafficking task forces.
  • Agencies and organizations that are members of task forces that received an award of federal funding through the OVC/BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model in FY 2010 through FY 2014 are not eligible to apply under Purpose Area 1.
  • Task forces funded in FY 2015 are not eligible to apply for FY 2016 funds, under either Purpose Area. Purpose Area 2 applicants must submit a human trafficking task force Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to be considered eligible for funding.

How to Apply

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Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please download this PDF.

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