DOJ – Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (2014)


The primary goal of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, as amended, by enhancing interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and through the provision of high-quality services that address the individual needs of trafficking victims. This solicitation will provide funding to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing services for victims of human trafficking. Funding under this program will support two different program areas: 1) comprehensive services for all victims of human trafficking, and 2) specialized services for victims of human trafficking. Under the specialized services category, OVC intends to dedicate a portion of the funding to proposals focusing on providing culturally relevant services for American Indian and/or Alaskan Native (AI/AN) victims of human trafficking. OVC intends to peer review and assess these proposals focusing on AI/AN victims separately from the other specialized services proposals. Funding under both program areas also will 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. The statutory authority for this program is 22 U.S.C. § 7105(b)(2).

Funding Title:    OVC Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Agency Name:    Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crimes

Funding Instrument Type:     Cooperative agreement

Express Language for Legal Aid:    Yes

Target Population:

A comprehensive array of services can be provided to a foreign national victim in the short-term aftermath of victim identification until they achieve ORR certification.  It can also be provided to can be provided to a victim in the short-term aftermath of victim identification until they are able to access other federal, state, or local programs for which they may be eligible.

Expected Number of Awards:

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    

Federal funds awarded under this program may not cover more than 75 percent of the total costs of the project. Applicants must identify the source of the 25 percent non-federal portion of the total project costs and how they will use match funds. If a successful applicant’s proposed match exceeds the required match amount, and OJP approves the budget, the total match amount incorporated into the approved budget becomes mandatory and subject to audit. (Match is restricted to the same uses of funds as allowed for the federal funds.)

How to Apply:     Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application.

Current Closing Date for Applications:   May 15, 2014

Estimated Total Program Funding:          

Award Ceiling:    $500,000

Award Floor:    $200,000

Eligible Applicants:

State government

Local governments

American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

Non-profit, nongovernmental organizations

Priority Consideration:   

(1) Direct services provided by organizations with the capacity to implement a highly collaborative and “comprehensive” service model, engaging all appropriate community resources, to address the needs of victims of all forms of human trafficking

(2) Services for sex trafficking and labor trafficking victims identified within a specific geographic area.

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds:    

Current/Past Funding Recipients:      2013

Samples of Successful Application:      2009

Link to Full Announcement:

Contact Information:    For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via e-mail to The Support Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays.

Categories: Department of Justice, Domestic Violence, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Human Trafficking, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Subgrant Possibilities, Victims of Crime

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