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FY 2019 Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking: Supporting Law Enforcement's Role

Grants to USA LEAs, Tribes, and Agencies for Joint
Task Forces to Respond to Human Trafficking

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

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06/11/19 11:59 PM ET


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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.

Grant categories:

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:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178715

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Number of Grants:

Category 1: maximum 5; Category 2: maximum 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Category 1: Estimated maximum dollar amount for each award $800,000

Category 2: Estimated maximum dollar amount for each award $900,000

Term of Contract:

Period of performance start date October 1, 2019
Period of performance duration 36 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are public agencies of states with law enforcement functions, units of local government (including rural law enforcement), and federally recognized Indian tribes (as recognized by the Secretary of the Interior). (A determination by the Secretary of the Interior is not required for tribes to which federal recognition was extended by virtue of Public Law 115- 121, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017.)”

A unit of local government is any city, county, township, town borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state or territory.

Category 1: Task Force Capacity Building and Infrastructure Development is targeted to applicants that support a multidisciplinary human trafficking task force that is new, has recently formed, or is in the process of forming.

Category 2: Advancing Task Force Operational Effectiveness is targeted to applicants that have received BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking funding in the past or that participate in a multidisciplinary human trafficking task force that has been operational for a minimum of 3 years.

Applicants that have received BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking funding from fiscal year (FY) 2017 and FY 2018 are ineligible to apply under this solicitation.

U.S. nongovernmental organizations and their subgrantees cannot use U.S. Government funds to lobby for, promote, or advocate the legalization or regulation of prostitution as a legitimate form of work. Foreign nongovernmental organizations and their subgrantees that receive U.S. Government funds to fight trafficking in persons cannot lobby for, promote, or advocate the legalization or regulation of prostitution as a legitimate form of work.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Date and time: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 11:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

This webinar will provide details and guidance for potential applicants to the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s FY 2019 Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking: Supporting Law Enforcement’s Role solicitation. The presenters will discuss the purpose of this funding opportunity; review its eligibility requirements; categories; and deliverables. A Q&A session will conclude this webinar.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with at prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 11, 2019.

To be considered punctual, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Prior to Registering in, applicants must:

- Acquire a DUNS Number (see the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide)
- Acquire or renew registration with SAM

This solicitation requires a 25 percent cash or in-kind match.

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