Services for Trafficking Victims

To provide assistance to victims of severe forms of trafficking (i.e., sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or
obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery) without regard to the immigration status of the victim.

A set aside of the total appropriation for the following purposes is as follows: three percent for research, evaluation, and statistics; five percent for training and technical assistance; and one percent for management and administration of grant funds.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
International Rescue Committee, Inc. $ 799,968   2021-10-012024-09-30
International Rescue Committee, Inc. $ 800,000   2021-10-012024-09-30
Coalition To Abolish Slavery & Trafficking $ 800,000   2021-10-012024-09-30
Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc. $ 799,525   2021-10-012024-09-30
Rubys Place $ 600,000   2021-10-012024-09-30
Covenant House New Jersey Inc. $ 579,636   2021-10-012024-09-30
Nampa, City Of $ 350,000   2021-10-012024-09-30
Baystate Medical Center, Inc. $ 600,000   2021-10-012024-09-30
Salvation Army, The $ 800,000   2021-10-012024-09-30
Fort Lauderdale Independence Training And Education Center, Inc. $ 600,000   2021-10-012024-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Not Applicable.Vary by grant program, but key grantee accomplishments include: 1. Providing comprehensive and specialized services to victims of human trafficking; 2. Developing multidisciplinary task forces with federal, state, and local law enforcement, service providers, and community- and faith-based organizations to ensure that trafficking victims are identified and referred for appropriate services, and that these cases are investigated and prosecuted; 3. Conducting training, technical assistance and public awareness activities for professionals and community members in order to improve their knowledge of human trafficking and their ability to identify and respond to victims; and 4. Conducting data collection and evaluation activities to determine if the program is meeting stated goals and objectives. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding under this program is intended to assist victims of severe forms of human trafficking as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).

This includes male and female victims of sex and labor trafficking.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) awarded its first cooperative agreements to victim service organizations in FY03 to provide a comprehensive array of direct services to trafficking victims.

OVC funds victim service agencies to provide high-quality services to victims of all forms of human trafficking as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and to enhance interagency collaborative and coordination in the provision of services to such victims.

OVC makes annual grant funding available for direct comprehensive and specialized services tailored to the needs of human trafficking victims.

These services include intensive case management, food, clothing, shelter, medical and dental care, mental health treatment, translation and interpretation services, legal assistance, and more.

This OVC funding also supports victim service providers in increasing the capacity of their communities to respond to victims through the development of interagency partnerships and public outreach and awareness efforts.

This funding is also made available to state and local law enforcement agencies and victim services organizations in support of multidisciplinary, victim-centered task forces dedicated to investigating trafficking crimes and providing comprehensive services to victims.

Administered jointly by OJP?s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and OVC, the Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking Program jointly funds law enforcement and service providers to work together to collaboratively respond to human trafficking as a task force.

These task forces also include federal law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as U. S. Attorneys? Offices, state and local prosecutors, and other stakeholders.

Training and technical assistance awards and other human trafficking victim assistance awards are also made through this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Attorney General may make grants to States, Indian tribes, units of local government, and nonprofit, non- governmental victim service organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible victim assistance agencies. Eligibility depends on the nature of they may vary depending on specific grant types but generally includes victims and potential victims of human trafficking, as defined in TVPA, but may include a wide variety of public and private nonprofit agencies.


Applications for this program must be submitted electronically via; at a time specified by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs and must contain the following certification and assurances: (1) assure that the applicant will provide such accounting, auditing, monitoring and evaluation procedures as may be necessary, and keep such records as the Office of Justice Programs may prescribe, to assure fiscal control, proper management and efficient disbursement of Federal funds; (2) assure that the applicant will adhere to the audit and financial management requirements set forth in the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide; (3) assure that the applicant will comply with all applicable nondiscrimination requirements including civil rights compliance, non-discrimination against eligible applicants that are faith or community-based organizations, services to persons with Limited English Proficiency, and protection of human research subjects; (4) certify that the applicant will comply with certifications regarding Lobbying, Debarment, Suspension, and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (OJP Form 4061/6); and other responsibility matters; and, (5) certify that the information in the application is correct and that the applicant will comply with all applicable provisions of the Victims of Crime Act and other Federal laws, (including subtitle A, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990) regulations, and circulars. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 or OMB Circular No. A-133. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. In accordance with the Common Rule, Standard Form 424 must be submitted by nonfederal agencies in applying for funding under this program electronically via Forms for funds other than grants or for use by Federal Agencies will be supplied by OVC.

Award Procedures

Generally awards will be made on a competitive basis with applications reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts who will assess application submissions based on established criteria and forward a recommendation to the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime. The Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs has final approval authority.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


22 USC 7105(b2)(A).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 3-5 months.


Hearing by the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs.


See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: Office of Justice Programs? Financial Guide ( and Post Award Instructions (

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. Eligible applicants must match the Trafficking Victims Protection Act grant program funds with a 25 percent cash contribution or the value equivalent of an in-kind contribution(s). In-kind match refers to the value of something received or provided that does not have a cost associated with it. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Trafficking funds may be carried for obligation by the grantee for the duration of their grant award. Funds are released via electronic funds transfer. Grantees must become enrolled in the Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) Vendor Express Program to request any Federal funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Please see program office for more information.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Semi-annual progress reports are required.

Quarterly financial reports are required.

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111?352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. All organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.


Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a period of 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $43,053,206; FY 17 est $45,000,000; and FY 18 est $6,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

OVC anticipates awarding grants of up to $900,000 (depending on the program) for 3 years to support services to trafficking victims. Additional awards to support research and evaluation, and training and technical assistance may be made.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OVC discretionary grant solicitations, application guidelines, and the current edition of the OJP Financial Guide are available on-line at the OVC webpage: BJA grant solicitations and application guidelines are available on the BJA webpage: The Financial Guide : guide/DOJ/index.htm

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Justice Programs, Office of Victims of Crime Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office of Victims of Crime 810 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: 202-305-2601

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at

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