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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Office for Victims of Crime
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
22 USC 7105(b2)(A).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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 the grant 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. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 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 Procedure
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.
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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 (
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at
How may assistance be used?
Funding under this program is intended to address the needs of victims of severe forms of human trafficking as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. 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 pre-certified foreign national victims. Pre-certification refers to the period of time between when trafficking victims are initially identified by law enforcement and officially certified by the Federal government as such.

OVC funds victim service agencies to provide high-quality services to victims of human trafficking as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended, and to enhance interagency collaborative and coordination in the provision of services to such victims. Administered jointly by OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the OVC, grant funding is made available each year 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 culturally competent assistance to victims. These task forces 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 and state and local prosecutors.

OVC also makes annual grant funding available exclusively for direct, comprehensive 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, immigration legal assistance, and more. This OVC funding also supports efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to victims through the development of interagency partnerships and public outreach and awareness campaigns.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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 OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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.
Other 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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Zoe French 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
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 13 Not Available; FY 14 est $14,250,000; and FY 15 est $10,500,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
OVC anticipates awarding grants ranging from $200,000 to $400,000 for 2 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:
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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