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July 2020 Featured Resources

2021 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

In 2021, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be commemorated April 18–24. The theme—Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities.— emphasizes the importance of leveraging community support to help victims of crime.

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Submit Your Nominations for the 2021 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards

If you know an individual, organization, team, or program that you would like to see recognized for their work, submit a nomination for the 2021 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 31, 2020.

These prestigious awards recognize extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services.

New for 2021 is the Award for First Responders, which recognizes law enforcement, emergency services, firefighters, and rescue professionals for their extraordinary acts of valor and contributions beyond the call of duty.

We will honor the recipients at the annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Learn more and submit a nomination today.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is July 30th

On July 30th, OVC commemorates the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, a day dedicated to working “towards an enhanced comprehensive and coordinated approach to prevent and combat trafficking and to protect and assist victims of trafficking in persons …”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which recognized the importance of holding traffickers criminally accountable, assisting victims, and preventing victimization from occurring in the first place.

Learn more about some of OVC's remarkable work in supporting anti-trafficking professionals over the past 20 years. Since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was passed, OVC has become the largest federal funder to those on the frontlines of combating domestic human trafficking.

OVC’s human trafficking program currently manages more than 243 awards representing over $167 million in 45 states, 1 territory, and Washington, D.C. In fiscal year 2019 alone, OVC made 120 awards totaling approximately $80 million to improve the quantity and quality of services for victims of all forms of human trafficking.

From July 2018 through June 2019, 118 OVC human trafficking grantees reported serving 8,375 total clients. Services provided include, but are not limited to, ongoing case management, legal services, employment assistance, safety planning, education, housing and rental assistance, and mental health treatment.

See our Human Trafficking Services and Task Forces Map for more information about OVC grantees currently providing services to victims of human trafficking.

OVC supports anti-trafficking professionals through training and technical assistance and other resources, such as:

OVC Human Trafficking Microsite
Recently updated and redesigned, this site contains information about OVC-funded training and technical assistance and other federally-funded technical assistance providers.

Faces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide
Use this resource to raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can take, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims.

Understanding Human Trafficking 
This online training offers a series of five interactive modules that provides foundational learning on trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches to human trafficking.

Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide
This guide is a resource to support the day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces. It can be used to help create a new task force or enhance the operations of an existing task force.

Date Published: July 30, 2020