DOJ – Services for Youth Victims of Human Trafficking (2020)

Applications due: by May 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

OVC is seeking applications for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking. The overall goal of the program is to improve responses for child and youth victims of trafficking with a focus on coordination at the statewide or tribal jurisdiction level to create effective change across system.

Helpful resources

  • In 2018, NLADA hosted a webinar with the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit on collaborating to combat human trafficking. You can access the webinar here.
  • The Justice in Government Project at American University has curated research briefs on how civil legal aid assists survivors of human trafficking. You can access the brief here.
  • Want help making your case? The Justice Index scores and ranks states on their adoption of best practices for ensuring access to justice. Find how well your state is doing here.

Grant information

Funding Title:  Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

Agency Name: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime

Funding Opportunity Number: OVC-2020-18412

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. In Appendix B, it lists “advocacy and legal assistance” as an allowable service.

Target Population: Child and youth victims of human trafficking

Expected Number of Awards: 4

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes. 25 percent cash or in-kind match.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $6,000,000

Award Ceiling: $1,500,000

Award Floor: $0

Other important information: OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. You may register for the webinar at

Current Closing Date for Applications: by May 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Eligible Applicants: States and territories, Indian tribes

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link to listing. Link to announcement from DOJ OVC

Contact Information: For assistance with any requirements of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll free at 800–851–3420; via TTY at 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only); email to; fax to 301–240–5830; or web chat.The NCJRS Response Center operates from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., eastern time, Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., ET on the solicitation closing date.

Categories: Children, Department of Justice, Domestic Violence, Express Language for Legal Aid, Family, Government Organizations, Human Trafficking, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Subgrant Possibilities, Victims of Crime

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