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16.320 Services for Trafficking Victims
OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 H.R. 3244, Section 107.
To provide assistance to victims of severe forms of trafficking (i.e., sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery) without regard to the immigration status of the victim. A set aside of the total appropriation for the following purposes is as follows: three percent for research, evaluation, and statistics; two percent for training and technical assistance; and one percent for management and administration of grant funds.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Funding under this program is intended primarily, but not exclusively, to meet victims' pre-certification needs. Pre-certification refers to the period of time between when trafficking victims are initially identified by law enforcement and officially certified by the Federal government as such. Two types of cooperative agreements for victim services will be awarded under this program: a) Comprehensive Services; and b) Supplemental and Specialized Services. Comprehensive Services (a) awards will support the creation and/or enhancement of collaborative networks that will provide comprehensive services for trafficking victims within a given community or region. These awards are intended to build community-based networks of comprehensive, integrated, and culturally appropriate services for trafficking victims. Supplemental and Specialized Services (b) awards will support discrete, rapid response victim services, wherever and whenever trafficking victims are identified. Applicants must demonstrate to capacity to quickly mobilize resources to accommodate the needs of potentially large numbers of victims and the ability to coordinate with other trafficking programs and other service providers. In addition to the two types of cooperative agreements to be awarded under this program, one award of $600,000 will support training and technical assistance to victim service organizations to enhance their services to trafficking victims, and one award of $300,000 will support evaluation of trafficking programs funded by this grant funding program.
Applicant Eligibility: The Attorney General may make grants to States, Indian tribes, units of local government, and nonprofit, non- governmental victims service organizations.
Pre-application Coordination: The standard application form furnished by the Federal agency in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule) must be used for all grants made by the Office for Victims of Crime. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Eligible applicants must match the Trafficking Victims Protection Act grant program funds with a 25 percent cash contribution or the value equivalent of an in-kind contribution(s). In-kind match refers to the value of something received or provided that does not have a cost associated with it.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Quarterly financial reports and semi-annual progress reports will be required as stipulated in the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide. A final financial and program report also will be required.
Account Identification: 15-0404-0-1-754.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Discretionary Grant Application Kit and current edition of the OJP Financial Guide, which are available by writing to the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531, or calling (202) 307-5983.
Regional or Local Office: None.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
(a) Comprehensive Services projects should provide a holistic approach to assisting trafficking victims by either directly providing services or coordinating access to services that provide shelter and sustenance, general health and mental health care, legal services, jobs skills training, cultural support from the community, and educational services. Applicants must establish an advisory committee to guide the project; conduct an assessment of existing community services, resources, and needs; identify key partners including governmental and non-governmental entities; and develop a plan to sustain the project after Federal funding ends. (b) Supplemental and Specialized Services projects must demonstrate capacity to provide discrete services such as legal, housing, or mental health services to trafficking victims with very little notice and lead time within a given geographical area; for fluctuating numbers of victims; for victims with extremely limited resources; for victims from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds; and for victims who have experienced distinct or multiple forms of victimization, including psychical and sexual assault, forced labor, denial of medical care, etc. Programs must collaborate as appropriate with recipients of funding for Comprehensive services, and ensure trafficking victims have access to: emergency and long-term medical and mental health care, legal services including immigration advocacy, interpreter and translation services, social service and criminal justice system-based advocacy, outreach services directed toward immigrant populations, special services for victims who are juveniles, and job skills training.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
General criteria for selecting proposals have been developed by the Office for Victims of Crime and are included in the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act Discretionary Grant Application Kit and published in the Federal Register.