Services to Victims of a Severe Form of Trafficking

To provide outreach to, identification of, and service referrals to individuals who may be victims of a severe form of trafficking.

To provide comprehensive case management services to alien victims of a severe form of trafficking.

To enhance anti-trafficking efforts in the U.S.


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building regional capacity, developing regional coalitions, conducting public awareness, and providing training and technical assistance on human trafficking issues.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission $ 330,000   2009-09-302011-06-30
Justice Resource Institute, Inc. $ 404,000   2009-04-302011-04-29
Practical Strategies $ 200,000   2009-04-302011-04-29
Catholic Charities Of Louisville, Inc. $ 756,000   2008-02-152011-02-14
Colorado Legal Services $ 825,000   2008-02-152011-02-14
Tapestri, Inc. $ 67,599   2006-09-302009-09-29
Southeastern Network Of Youth & Family Services Inc $ 46,700   2006-09-302009-09-29
International Rescue Committee Inc $ 103,779   2006-09-302009-09-29
Catholic Social Services Of Central And Northern Arizona $ 100,690   2006-09-302009-09-29
Girls Educational And Mentoring Services, Inc. $ 109,471   2006-09-302009-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: OTIP awarded 23 continuation grants. Fiscal Year 2017: OTIP is projecting to award 10 new grants and 3 continuation grants. Fiscal Year 2018: OTIP is projecting to award 3 new grants and 10 continuation grants.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) leads the Department of Health and Human Services? (HHS) efforts to combat human trafficking and modern forms of slavery by administering anti-trafficking programs through grants and contracts and collaborating with federal, state, tribal, and local government and non-government organizations.The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) is responsible for the overall leadership of anti-trafficking programs and services under the purview of ACF, including, but not limited to implementing provisions of relevant federal legislation and advising the Assistant Secretary in the development of anti-trafficking strategies, policies, and programs. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) and subsequent reauthorizations authorize HHS to assist foreign national and domestic (United States citizen and lawful permanent resident) victims of human trafficking through a number of efforts including screening and identifying victims; providing victims benefits and services; conducting research; training for the identification of trafficking survivors; and raising awareness and preventing human trafficking.

Funds may be used only for the purposes set forth in the funding opportunity announcements.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local governments and private organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Under the TVPA, as amended, alien victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons are eligible for benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. Beneficiaries are adult alien victims of a severe form of trafficking who have been certified by HHS/ORR. Alien children under 18 years of age subjected to a severe form of trafficking who have received letters of eligibility from HHS/ORR are considered eligible for services. Certain family members of victims of a severe form of trafficking are eligible for federally funded or administered benefits and services to the same extent as refugees if they hold 'derivative T visas' (T-2, T-3, T-4, or T-5 visa). Potential victims of trafficking are also eligible for assistance through discretionary grant programs.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Each application submitted under this program announcement will undergo a pre-review to determine if (1) the application was received by the closing date and submitted in accordance with the instructions in this announcement and (2) the applicant is eligible for funding.

Award Procedures

Applications that pass the initial Administration for Children and Families (ACF) screening will be evaluated and rated by an independent review panel on the basis of specific criteria that are included Funding Opportunity Announcement. The evaluation criteria are designed to assess the quality of a proposed project and to determine the likelihood of its success.


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


Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), Public Law 106-386, 114 Stat. 1464, 22 U.S.C 7104(b) and 7105(b)(1). Sections 105,106,107a(b) 112a, and 113 of TVPA of 2000 as amended; section 202 and 203 of TVPRA of 2005, as amended; and section 603 of the Justice for Victims of trafficking Act of 2015.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are generally made available for 3-year project periods with funding on an annual basis. Funds are available to reimburse costs, up to the amount of the award, incurred during the year for which the funds are awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Performance progress reports are required, usually on a quarterly basis.

Final program reports summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the project in relation to the approved goals and objectives are also required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

SF-425 Federal Financial Reports are due on a quarterly or semi-annual basis.

Final financial reports are also required 90 days after the end of the project period.

On-site and desk monitoring is done on an ongoing basis.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


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. .


Grant recipients are required to keep all financial, business, and program reports necessary for program review and audit during the project period and for 3 years thereafter to insure that funds have been expended in accordance with the regulations, grant terms, and conditions of this program.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $440,000; FY 17 est $406,000; and FY 18 est $547,000. (Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 Not Separately Identifiable. (Project Grants) FY 16 $10,727,355; FY 17 est $10,126,252; and FY 18 est $10,126,252

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 2016, grants ranged from $90,000 to $3,491,385. The average grant amount was $490,605.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Katherine Chon 330 C. Street, SW 4th Floor , Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: (202) 401-9372

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Information on evaluation criteria for awarding funds can be found in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

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