$44M to Combat Human Trafficking Presents Opportunities for Civil Legal Aid

On September 24, 2015, Attorney General Lynch announced that $44 million in grants will fund efforts to combat human trafficking, provide services for survivors and expand research. The grant awards will be administered through the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), and the National Institute of Justice. For the civil legal aid community, this grant initiative bring the exciting potential for new funding opportunities and partnerships centered on this critical work. The full press release can be found here.

Particularly significant to civil legal aid:

  • More than $22.7 million will support anti-human trafficking task forces across the country.
  • More than $22.7 million will support anti-human trafficking task forces across the country.
  • More than $8.1 million has been awarded to 12 victim services organizations to provide comprehensive services within their target geographic region.
  • More than $1.7 million of the funding for specialized services for victims of human trafficking is going toward legal services!
  • Nearly $1 million was awarded to two organizations to provide national training and technical assistance on comprehensive legal services for trafficking victims.

The announcement of these grantees creates great opportunities for civil legal aid to become part of these programs!

  • If you are in one of the 16 task force regions, reach out to the grantees leading the task forces to join the efforts. Grantees are listed on pages 1-2 of this chart (OVC grantees are the lead victim service providers and BJA grantees are the lead law enforcement agency).
  • If you are in one of the 12 regions where comprehensive services are being funded, reach out to the grantee to talk about providing legal services to victims. Grantees are listed on page 3 of the chart.
  • The two training and technical assistance grantees will be holding trainings on providing comprehensive legal services for trafficking victims, including in-person and virtual trainings. Grantees and details are listed on page 5 of the chart.

If you are a grantee or sub-grantee from either funding initiative, we encourage you to share the good news with NLADA by contacting Arielle Altman at a.altman@nlada.org.

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Categories: DOJ, Human Trafficking, New Opportunities, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Protection and Advocacy, Subgrant Possibilities

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