DOJ – Services for Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking (2020)

Applications due: by May 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

OVC is seeking applications for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and This program is designed to develop, expand, and strengthen assistance programs for minor victims of sex trafficking. The objective in providing these services is to achieve increased safety, self-sufficiency, and well-being for minor victims of sex trafficking. There is express language for legal aid.

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: Services for Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking

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

Funding Opportunity Number: OVC-2020-18633

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. On page 5, it lists “legal services for minor victims of sex trafficking” as part of an “an array of services that minor victims of human trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing.” Legal services is also listed in Appendix B as a type of service category.

Target Population: This program is designed to develop, expand, and strengthen assistance programs for minor victims of sex trafficking. Under the authorizing statute, the term “sex trafficking of a minor” means an offense described in section 1591(a) of title 18 or a comparable state law, against a minor.

Expected Number of Awards: 4Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes. Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 20702(g), this solicitation requires a cash or in-kind match, which increases each year of the potential project period as follows:

  • (1) 15 percent of the grant during the first year of the project.
  • (2) 25 percent of the grant during the second year of the project.
  • (3) 40 percent of the grant during the third year of the project.
  • (4) 50 percent of the grant during the fourth year of the project.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $8,000,000

Award Ceiling: $2,000,000

Award Floor: $0

Current Closing Date for Applications: by May 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Eligible Applicants: States and territories, Indian tribes

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link to Grants.gov 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 grants@ncjrs.gov; 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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