Department of Justice awards more than $90 million to fight human trafficking and support victims | takeover bid

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs today announced more than $90 million in funding to combat human trafficking, provide services to victims of human trafficking, and support research and evaluating responses to human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is a global problem affecting communities across our country, causing immeasurable trauma to victims and their loved ones,” said OJP Deputy Assistant Attorney General Maureen A. Henneberg. “The Office of Justice Programs is committed to supporting state and local efforts to combat human trafficking operations, protect victims from harm, and help survivors access the services they need. to begin the journey of healing and recovery.

Programs supported by OJP’s Office for Victims of Crime are central to the Department of Justice’s work to address the challenges posed by human trafficking. OVC manages the largest amount of federal funding dedicated to addressing the needs of victims of human trafficking and supporting multidisciplinary responses to this crime in the United States, supporting more than 500 awards to organizations serving thousands of clients each year. Informed by the voices of survivors, OVC strengthens the victim services response to human trafficking through grants, training, technical assistance and on-the-ground leadership.

“Survivors of human trafficking deserve easy access to the full range of trauma-informed and victim-centered services,” said OVC Director Kristina Rose. “The Office for Victims of Crime is committed to meeting the immediate and long-term needs of survivors and ensuring that service providers have all the tools at their disposal to meet with victims of human trafficking. wherever they are on their healing journey.

OVC awards more than $90 million in grants to empower communities to respond to human trafficking and provide essential services to survivors of human trafficking to help them recover. OJP’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will also continue to learn more about what works to combat human trafficking and serve trafficked persons. NIJ grants will support a multi-site evaluation of the Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking and investigate the replication potential of a screening tool designed to help first responders identify survivors of human trafficking.

The funded programs and their amounts are listed below. Descriptions of individual rewards can be found by clicking on the links.

  • OVC awards more than $32.6 million under the Services for victims of human trafficking program to develop, expand or strengthen service programs for victims of human trafficking.
  • OVC is awarding nearly $16.4 million under the Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking housing assistance support program for victims of all forms of human trafficking throughout the United States.
  • OVC awards $21.6 million under the Working Group on Enhanced Collaboration Model to Combat Human Trafficking program aimed at developing, expanding or strengthening multidisciplinary working groups to combat human trafficking. The task forces include social service and victim assistance providers, law enforcement and prosecution personnel, survivors, and a range of governmental and non-governmental partners who work together to identify victims of the trafficking, linking them to services and bringing traffickers to justice.
  • OVC awards $3.1 million under the Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Program assist OVC beneficiaries of the Anti-Trafficking Grant Program and other anti-trafficking actors through the provision of training and technical assistance and the development of tools and resources. This includes developing anti-trafficking standards of care for victim service providers in partnership with the Office of Human Trafficking of the Department of Health and Human Services. It also includes training and technical assistance to help grantees develop and implement meaningful employment and economic empowerment practices for survivors of trafficking, and engage people with lived experience to improve anti-trafficking programs.
  • The OVC is awarding $1.3 million under the Services for child victims of labor trafficking program to develop, expand or strengthen victim service programs for child victims of labor trafficking, whose victimization occurred when they were under the age of 18.
  • OVC awards $6.3 million under the Strategies generated on the ground to combat the criminalization of underage victims of sexual intercourse Traffic program to end the criminalization of underage victims of sex trafficking and to develop, expand or strengthen victim services programs to support victim-centered, trauma-informed, developmentally appropriate and evidence-based responses to underage victims of sex trafficking.
  • OVC is awarding nearly $5.5 million under the Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking program to improve outcomes for child and youth victims of human trafficking by integrating anti-trafficking policy and programs at the state or tribal level, and improving approaches coordinated, multidisciplinary and statewide to serve trafficked youth.
  • OVC is awarding nearly $3.5 million under the Prevention of trafficking in girls program to develop or improve prevention and early intervention services based on best practices to focus on the needs of girls at risk or victims of sex trafficking.
  • NIJ awards $1.6 million as part of its Human Trafficking Research and Evaluation program, which offers to help better understand, prevent, and respond to human trafficking in the United States, focusing on projects with clear implications for the policy and practice of criminal justice in the United States.

The awards announced above are made on the regular year-end cycle. More information about these and other OJP awards can be found on the OJP Scholarships page.

The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s ability to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in the administration of justice, help victims and strengthen the criminal and juvenile justice systems. For more information about OJP and its components, visit www.ojp.gov.

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