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93.598 Services to Victims of a Severe Form of Trafficking
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Public Law 106-836, Section 113 (b) 114 Stat. 1464.
To provide individuals determined to be victims of a severe form of trafficking access to benefits and services to the same extent as Refugees. Provide targeted case management, referrals and funded cash, medical assistance, special mental health or other services, and community/local outreach.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) discretionary grant program includes funding for specialized services and assistance to certified/eligible adult victims of a severe form of trafficking assisting criminal justice system efforts to prosecute traffickers (victims under the age of eighteen, not required to assist prosecution efforts in order to access benefits). Funds may be used only for the purposes set forth in the grant award.
Applicant Eligibility: State and local governments and private nonprofit organizations. Under the "Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000," trafficking victims are eligible for benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. The law, enacted in October 2000, specifically requires HHS, in consultation with the Attorney General, to "certify" adult trafficking victims as a precondition for their eligibility. Children under eighteen must be determined to be victims of a severe form of trafficking but do not require such certification in order to be eligible for benefits.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Also, 45 CFR 100, "Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services Program and Activities."
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula for distribution of funds.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Progress reports and financial reports are required, usually on a quarterly or semi-annual basis. Final program and financial reports summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the project in relation to the approved goals and objectives are also required.
Account Identification: 75-1503-0-1-609.
In fiscal year 2001 198 persons received certification/eligibility letters declaring them victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons. It is estimated that 200 persons will receive certification/eligibility letters in fiscal years 2002 and 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Program announcements are published in the Federal Register. All inquiries should be directed to the Information Contact listed below.
Regional or Local Office: Not Applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
In fiscal years 2001 and 2002, ORR will fund projects that provide a temporary solution to trafficking victims' needed for: 1) Case management providing assessment information and referral to needed services, 2) temporary housing, 3) special mental health services such as trauma counseling and, 4) other gap-filling services.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Notice of criteria for awarding funds is published in the Federal Register or other program announcement for each type of demonstration. See the Information Contact section for more information.