U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
06/11/19 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories state public law enforcement agencies, local government units, and Indian tribes to develop multidisciplinary task forces against human trafficking. Required registrations may take several days to complete. Funding is intended to assist law enforcement entities in building capacity and operational effectiveness as a core member of a collaborative, multidisciplinary human trafficking task force.
Eligible applicants must operate as part of a multidisciplinary human trafficking task force and identify and partner with victim service providers to offer comprehensive services to all victims of human trafficking. Successful applicants will implement victim-centered, collaborative, and sustainable approaches that will:
- Identify victims of all types of human trafficking.
- Engage in coordinated approaches for proactive victim-centered investigations.
- Investigate, refer, and prosecute both sex and labor trafficking cases (including the purchasers of commercial sex) at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.
- Address the individualized needs of trafficking victims through the provision of a comprehensive array of quality services.
Under the ECM HT Program, a victim of trafficking is defined as a person who has been subjected to a “severe form of trafficking in persons,” which, as defined in 22 U.S.C. § 7102(9), means:
- Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, orin which the person induced to perform such an 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.
Task forces operate and function effectively when the following core elements are regularly maintained and implemented across all phases of task force development:
- Partnership and collaboration
- Data-driven decision-making
- Leadership and management
- Active investigations and prosecutions
- Peer-to-peer mentoring
- Advanced training
The objectives for the ECM HT Program are listed below.
1. Establish and sustain an effective leadership structure and operational protocols that ensure broad membership from essential agencies and include a full-time task coordinator role that serves as a primary point of contact on all task force operations.
2. Employ data-driven decisions based on a shared understanding of the prevalence, scope, and nature of human trafficking within the targeted geographic area and develop a plan for ongoing assessment of task force operations and objectives to include routine data collection, analysis, and data sharing.
3. Conduct victim-centered and trauma-informed investigations of sex and labor trafficking to identify, apprehend, and prosecute perpetrators, identify victims of trafficking, and ensure victims receive comprehensive services. Task forces should ensure adequate personnel with relevant training are assigned to conduct these investigations and prosecutions, which can involve several years of work.
4. Develop and deliver training, public awareness, and community outreach to all relevant stakeholders on sex and labor trafficking to improve the community response to human trafficking.
5. Develop and implement a task force sustainability plan to sustain human trafficking task force operations.
Category 1: ECM Task Force Capacity Building and Infrastructure Development
Category 2: Advancing ECM HT Task Force Operational Effectiveness
For more information on required objectives and deliverables for these two grant categories, see the RFP: https://www.bja.gov/funding/ECMHT19.pdf#page=7
GrantWatch ID#: 178715
Category 1: maximum 5; Category 2: maximum 5
Category 1: Estimated maximum dollar amount for each award $800,000
Category 2: Estimated maximum dollar amount for each award $900,000
Period of performance start date October 1, 2019
Period of performance duration 36 months
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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