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Human Trafficking

Training and Technical Assistance

Through its cadre of training and technical assistance (TTA) providers, OVC provides practitioner-driven, evidence-based TTA that is responsive to the particular needs of victim service providers and system stakeholders, their communities, and the victims they serve. These providers strengthen the victim assistance responses to human trafficking, support multidisciplinary task forces and cross-sector collaboration, and build stakeholder capacity and leadership in identifying human trafficking victims and connecting them to services.

Locate upcoming training opportunities from OVC’s human training and technical assistance providers and other stakeholders by conducting a search of OVC's events page.
 

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center

The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) offers education and tools to the victim services field at no cost, so those who provide services have the skills to reach out to victims of every type of crime, from every background, in every place, and offer them what they need to rebuild their lives. Resources to assist anti-trafficking stakeholders include:

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OVC Human Trafficking Program FAQs

Grantees are expected to be familiar with the program requirements detailed in the fiscal year solicitation under which the award was made, and with the terms and conditions contained in their award documents. Discover answers to frequently asked questions about OVC human trafficking awards on our Human Trafficking Program FAQs page.
 

Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Providers

Provider/Project Project Description Focus Audience
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking - Comprehensive Legal Training and Technical Assistance The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking builds the capacity of legal and social service providers to deliver services to human trafficking victims and increase victims’ access to the full spectrum of legal remedies available to them to increase their safety, financial wellbeing, independence and self-sufficiency through access to trained legal service providers.

In-person and virtual TTA is available to improve the quality and quantity of legal services and pro bono attorneys across the United States; and improve social service provider capacity to identify the legal service needs of human trafficking victims, provide reliable referrals, and work effectively with legal service providers.
  • Legal Services;
  • Victim Services;
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Legal Providers;
  • Social Services Providers
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) - Enhancing Juvenile and Family Court Responses to Human Trafficking NCJFCJ, along with its primary project partner, the Center for the Human Rights of Children, supports grantees working with youth in contact with juvenile and family courts who are victims of human trafficking crimes or who are at risk for trafficking due to past or current crime victimization.

This TTA addresses the need for more specialized training for judicial officers, attorneys, probation officers, social workers, survivor advocates and other stakeholders in courts. Open to OVC Grantees Only. Contact NCJFCJ.
  • Children and Youth;
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • OVC Grantees Only
International Rescue Committee - Framework: Tools to Combat Labor Trafficking Framework helps service providers and their community partners to identify and provide transformative services to survivors of labor trafficking. Staff are dedicated to creating tailored, engaging, and user-friendly TTA and resources.

Framework works with survivors and other experts to understand the issue of labor trafficking—from root causes to best practices in promoting justice and healing—and can equip the field with the tools necessary to create meaningful change for victims.
  • Victim Identification;
  • Victim Services;
  • Labor Trafficking
  • Anti-Trafficking Organizations
Freedom Network USA - Freedom Network Training Institute Housing Training and Technical Assistance Project This project seeks to enhance the victim service field’s response to the housing needs of victims of human trafficking. Freedom Network USA is working to improve the quality and quantity of housing services offered to trafficking survivors by increasing capacity of victim service providers nationwide, including through strengthening victim service providers’ partnerships at the national, state, and local levels with housing stakeholders.
  • Housing Services;
  • Victim Services;
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Service Providers (especially Anti-Trafficking Organizations);
  • Housing Providers
Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center Operated by OVC, the Center seeks to strengthen human trafficking victim services in the United States by delivering free coaching and mentoring, and by providing a resource library, for organizations and federally recognized Tribes. The Center partners with organizations and Tribes in a collaborative and creative process to build their capacity to serve all victims of human trafficking.

Through custom coaching, the Center helps organizations and Tribes build a community response, develop sustainment strategies, build capacity, and enhance victim services.
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Anti-Trafficking Organizations;
  • Tribal Entities
OVC Human Trafficking Collective (HTC) OVC HTC delivers TTA exclusively to OVC Human Trafficking Victim Service Program grantees and their partners, delivering customized TTA designed to meet the needs of grantees, their teams, and community stakeholders. The purpose of the HTC is to—
  1. support OVC’s human trafficking service grantees and their partners in meeting award goals and objectives and
  2. provide practitioner-driven, evidence-based TTA on delivering services to victim service providers.

Open to OVC Grantees Only. Contact HTC at [email protected].

  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • OVC Grantees Only
RTI International - Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Technical Assistance Through specialized, targeted TTA, RTI supports the OVC’s Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking grantees as they work to enhance their jurisdiction-wide coordination and multidisciplinary collaboration to address human trafficking involving children and youth. Open to OVC Grantees Only.
  • Children and Youth;
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • OVC Grantees Only
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Inc. - Project Trauma Response to Uplift Survivors of Trafficking (TRUST) The goal of Project TRUST is to enhance services delivered to survivors of trafficking by providing intensive TTA on trauma-informed responses and services to trafficking service providers.

Based on provider needs and survivor input, Project TRUST offers trainings including webinars and online courses, peer-to-peer information sharing opportunities, and presentations at conferences. Project TRUST also offers one-on-one support for organizational needs and connects organizations to other partners for specific needs.
  • Victim Services;
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Anti-Trafficking Organizations
Futures Without Violence - Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking Program This initiative aims to increase access to quality educational and employment opportunities for human trafficking survivors. Futures Without Violence has developed a curriculum on trauma-informed employment services for trafficking survivors for in-person training, delivers webinars and resources, and a roadmap tool for identifying local employment and training opportunities for survivors.
  • Education Services;
  • Employment Services;
  • Victim Services;
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • OVC Grantees (but open to all Anti-Trafficking Organizations; Educational Institutions; Workforce Development/Employment Programs)
ICF Incorporated - Capacity Building and Implementation ICF Incorporated supports task forces with capacity building and implementation strategies to develop and sustain a high functioning collaborative task force. ICF manages and facilitates a peer liaison program, conducts site assessments, assists with strategic planning, and convenes events to explore and identify gaps in emerging issues to recommend training solutions for multidisciplinary task force teams.

Contact ICF at [email protected].
  • Labor Trafficking; Sex Trafficking
  • OVC Grantees (but open to Law Enforcement; Prosecutors; Task Forces; Victim Service Providers)
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) - Law Enforcement- and Prosecution-Focused Training and Technical Assistance IACP develops a range of multisector trainings (in-person, virtual, webinars, and more) and facilitates peer to peer learning opportunities to increase the organizational capacity of Enhanced Collaborative Model task forces to better identify victims, provide services, and successfully investigate and prosecute cases at all levels.
  • Victim Identification;
  • Investigation;
  • Prosecution;
  • Victim Services;
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Task Forces
National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) - Traffick STOP (Signs to Observe and Prevent) NW3C is developing a human trafficking and child exploitation identification and prevention program that trains law enforcement to deliver a curriculum to youth in high schools. Working in collaboration with Enhanced Collaborative Model task forces, these trainings occur in Enhanced Collaborative Model task force jurisdictions. OVC coordinates this TTA with the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.
  • Children and Youth;
  • Prevention and Early Intervention Services;
  • Victim Identification;
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Educational Institutions;
  • Social Services Providers;
  • Task Forces
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) - Building Agency Capacity: A Toolkit for Human Trafficking Under this project the IACP will collaborate with four law enforcement agency pilot sites to identify, develop, and build innovative TTA resources that address gaps in knowledge and training, strengthen programming, build capacity, solve problems, and model innovative approaches.
  • Victim Identification;
  • Investigation;
  • Prosecution;
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Law Enforcement
Aequitas - Maximizing Justice Minimizing Harm; The Prosecutor’s Role in Achieving Survivor-Centered Justice AEquitas will develop and promote survivor-centered and trauma-informed practices and enhanced human trafficking case prosecutions, by delivering experience-based, data-driven TTA to prosecutors.
  • Prosecution;
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Law Enforcement;
  • Prosecutors
I.D.E.A. Analytics - Dynamic Approaches to Trafficking Through Analytical Solutions, Education, and Training (DATASET) The DATASET TTA project will support field-generated requests from law enforcement agencies to strategically develop or enhance their anti-trafficking efforts through data. TTA delivered through this program will build evidence-based, data-driven approaches to identify sex and labor trafficking, develop investigative responses, educate staff and stakeholders, and assess progress on identifying and serving human trafficking victims.
  • Investigation;
  • Victim Identification;
  • Victim Services;
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Law Enforcement
Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) - Support to Law Enforcement for Responding to Human Trafficking of People with Disabilities Vera, in partnership with the International Organization for Adolescents, will design a comprehensive, self-paced online training and related resources to increase law enforcement’s ability to identify human trafficking victims with disabilities. The courses will include a combination of short videos, written content, and interactive exercises.
  • Victims with Disabilities;
  • Labor Trafficking;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Law Enforcement
Youth Collaboratory - Try Preventing Trafficking of Girls Training and Tech As the TTA provider for the OVC Preventing Trafficking of Girls initiative, Youth Collaboratory supports prevention and early intervention services, including mentoring and other direct support services for girls who are at risk of or are victims of sex trafficking.

The goal is to prevent/reduce the victimization of girls vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation by expanding the capacity and skills of the program sites, other providers, and community stakeholders working to prevent trafficking of girls.
  • Children and Youth;
  • Girls;
  • Prevention and Early Intervention Services;
  • Sex Trafficking
  • OVC Grantees Only

Other Federally-Funded Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Providers

Learn about all federally funded training and technical assistance providers that are focused on human trafficking or have a significant anti-trafficking component.

The matrix offers information about each program, including the name of the funded organization, project title, project description, project website, funding office, and services provided. Some programs will change after Fiscal Year 2022.

Date Modified: May 6, 2022
Date Created: May 1, 2020