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U.S. Department of Justice: 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

U.S. Department of Justice: 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

Deadline: 18 May 2020

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is seeking applications to develop or support enhanced collaborative model task forces to combat human trafficking. This program furthers the Department’s mission by enhancing the law enforcement and social services fields’ response to victims of human trafficking.

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The purpose of this solicitation is to support enhanced collaborative model task forces to combat human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. Each task force selected for funding will receive two separate grants: one from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to a victim service partner, and one from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to a state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency partner.

This program has two purpose areas:

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Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces will support human trafficking task forces that have recently formed and/or are still in the process of formalizing task force structure and protocols. Funding under this purpose area is intended to help task forces with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary task force.
Expanding Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness will support established task forces that may have previously received funding under the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program for a grant that ends on or before September 30,2020; have strong task force leadership and structure; and have a history of identifying trafficking victims and prosecuting traffickers.
Goal and Objectives

The primary goal of this program is to develop or sustain multidisciplinary task forces to combat human trafficking.

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Objective include:

developing or sustaining coordination of multidisciplinary human trafficking task force activities;
identifying victims of all types of human trafficking;
implementing victim-centered, trauma-informed, and collaborative approaches through the development of relevant task force protocols and training;
actively involving all task force partners in planning and executing proactive investigations and prosecutions;
investigating, referring, and prosecuting both sex and labor trafficking cases at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels;
assisting victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking in achieving increased safety, independence, self-sufficiency, and well-being through the provision of appropriate services; and
conducting data collection and ongoing assessment activities to determine if the program is meeting stated goals and objectives.
Funding Information

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Estimated Total Program Funding: $22,000,000
Award Ceiling: $1,500,000
Period of Performance start date October 1, 2020
Period of Performance duration 36 months
Eligibility Criteria

This funding announcement requires two separate but coordinated applications from each human trafficking task force seeking funding: one application from a lead state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency (which includes state and local departments of public safety or agencies with public safety missions), and one application from a lead victim service organization (which may be a public agency or a nongovernmental organization). The two applications must be developed in collaboration with each other, and must be submitted as a pair, with each applicant naming the other as the primary partner.
Pursuant to 22 U.S.C. § 7105(b)(2) the following entities are eligible to apply:
States and territories
Units of local government
Indian tribes
Nonprofit, nongovernmental victims’ service organizations with the capacity to serve human trafficking victims (defined as an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 and is exempt from taxation under 501(a) of such title). Entities which have received human trafficking grants from the Office for Victims of Crime and the Bureau of Justice Assistance in FY 2018 or FY 2019 to support their participation in multidisciplinary task forces are ineligible to apply unless the new proposed project would differ from or expand the existing funded project(s).
All recipients and sub recipients must forgo any profit or management fee.
Nonprofit organizations that hold money in offshore accounts for the purpose of avoiding paying the tax described in 26 U.S.C. § 511(a) are not eligible to apply.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325499

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