Services to Victims of a Severe Form of Trafficking


Under the Services to Victims of a Severe Form of Trafficking, the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) has established the Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (TVAP), the Look Beneath the Surface Regional Program (LBS), and the National Human Trafficking Hotline Program (NHTH) to build health and human service capacity to respond to human trafficking. The primary purpose of the TVAP is to efficiently fund time-limited comprehensive case management services on a per capita basis to foreign national victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons and potential victims of trafficking seeking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) certification so they can reestablish their ability to live independently. OTIP awarded three cooperative agreements to provide regional coverage to achieve nationwide assistance to victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons under TVAP. The primary purpose of the LBS Program is to increase the identification and protection of human trafficking victims in the United States, and to build local capacity to prevent human trafficking and protect its victims. OTIP awarded cooperative agreements to organizations that will serve as regional coordinators of efforts to improve the identification of foreign and domestic victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, in target geographic areas, and to refer potential trafficking victims for available protections and assistance. Activities under the LBS Program may include, but are not limited to, direct outreach to victims; anti-trafficking training to local professionals and organizations or entities that may encounter victims of trafficking; active participation in multidisciplinary anti-trafficking coalitions or task forces; and development, implementation, and oversight of strategic public awareness activities. The NHTH supports the operation of a dedicated, toll-free, 24-hour, seven days a week, every day of the year U.S. national telephone and online communication system staffed by trained and experienced human trafficking advocates that provide services and assistance to victims of severe forms of labor and sex trafficking in persons. Multi-lingual services and assistance for foreign and domestic victims must include crisis intervention, information and referrals to anti-trafficking and/or direct victim services programs, temporary lodging/housing resources, and access to other emergency assistance. The NHTH Program must work cooperatively with law enforcement and other key stakeholders, e.g., governmental and nongovernmental organizations, anti-trafficking advocacy groups, etc. to support appropriate notification and interventions on behalf of potential victims in distress. The NHTH Program recipient must have the capacity to receive and process requests in multiple formats, e.g. telephonically, text, email, and online communication (chat and website visits). The NHTH Program must take reasonable measures to safeguard protected personally identifiable information in reporting on services rendered to potential victims and in notifying law enforcement, other governmental, and nongovernmental organizations about potential cases of sex and/or labor trafficking.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is estimated that OTIP will award one (1) new grants and 21 continuation grants OTIP awarded 23 continuation grants.
Fiscal Year 2017 OTIP is projecting to award 10 new grants and 3 continuation grants.
Fiscal Year 2018 1 new grant and 13 non-competing continuation grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2019 3 new grants and 11 non-competing continuation grants were awarded
Fiscal Year 2020 OTIP is projecting to award 14 non-competing continuation grants.
22 U.S.C. § 7105(b)(1)(B) (Section 107(b) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended by Section 4(a)(2)(B)(ii) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2003; and Section 603 of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015); 22 U.S.C. § 7104(b) (Section 106(b) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible organizations include: state governments; county governments; city or township governments; special district governments; independent school districts; public and state controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments (federally recognized); public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments); nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS other than institutions of higher education; nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS other than institutions of higher education; private institutions of higher education; for-profit organizations other than small businesses; and small businesses. Victim service organizations include those who by nature of their current operations serve victims of sexual assault, sexual violence, domestic violence, human trafficking, and youth homelessness. Victim services organizations may also include faith-based organizations that are addressing human trafficking in their services. Individuals (including sole proprietorship's) and foreign entities are not eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
These discretionary grants will benefit U.S Citizens, legal permanent residents, and foreign national victims of human trafficking and those vulnerable to trafficking as well as health care and social service agencies working with vulnerable populations, other interested persons, and the general public.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants may find FOAs on or on the ACF website at Applicants may apply on
Award Procedure
Each application will be screened to determine whether it meets any of the disqualifying factors: missing the application deadline, required electronic submission or waiver requested and approved, or exceeding the Award Ceiling. Disqualified applications are considered to be "non-responsive" and are excluded from the competitive review process. Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels using only the criteria described in FOA. Each panel is composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels include three reviewers and one chairperson. Results of the competitive objective review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, objective review scores and rankings are not binding. Scores and rankings are only one element used in the award decision-making process. ACF may elect not to fund applicants with management or financial problems that would indicate an inability to successfully complete the proposed project. ACF reserves the right to consider preferences to fund organizations serving emerging, unserved, or under-served populations, including those populations located in pockets of poverty. ACF will also consider the geographic distribution of federal funds in its award decisions. ACF will complete a review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR 75.205.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Contact the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Grants Management or review the FOA, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Not applicable.
Awards are made for 3-year project periods. Non-competing continuations will be issued in years two and three contingent upon funding availability, satisfactory performance, and the best interest of the government.
How are proposals selected?
Information on evaluation criteria for awarding funds can be found in the FOA.
How may assistance be used?
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) leads HHS's 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. 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 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 purpose set forth in the Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Grant recipients are required to keep all financial, business, and program records necessary for program review and audit in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-365 grant terms and conditions of this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are generally made available for 3-year project periods with funding on an annual basis. In the first year of the project, grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Grant applications will be considered on a noncompetitive basis for years two and three subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the grantee, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Federal Government. Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Katherine Chon
330 C. Street, SW., 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: (202) 401-9372
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$11,925,000.00; FY 19 est $13,740,000.00; FY 20 est $15,490,000.00; FY 17$10,126,252.00; FY 16$10,727,355.00; - (Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$380,000.00; FY 19 est $400,000.00; FY 20 est $400,000.00; FY 17$354,000.00; FY 16$440,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2018, grants ranged from $90,000 per budget period to $3,750,000 per budget period. The average grant amount was $490,605.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.