The Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Program awards funding for victim-serving organizations to provide either comprehensive services—including shelter, advocacy, and health care—or specialized legal or mental health services.
OVC and BJA developed the Enhanced Collaborative Model To Combat Human Trafficking, which requires law enforcement and victim organizations in the same region to demonstrate a coordinated, victim-centered community response to trafficking cases.
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC program)
The ICAC program helps state and local law enforcement agencies develop effective responses to technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children. This assistance encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, and community education. The ICAC program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing more than 3,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. These agencies are engaged in both proactive and reactive investigations, forensic investigations, and criminal prosecutions. In addition to funding the task forces, OJJDP funds several training and technical assistance providers in investigative techniques, peer-to-peer investigations, and forensic examinations.
The Office of Justice Programs’ Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason serves as the National AMBER Alert Coordinator. Services provided include training of law enforcement personnel, secondary distribution of AMBER Alerts, and development of resources specifically for Indian Country where practitioners who live and work in tribal communities and understand the unique dynamics of protecting children in tribal areas design and deliver programs. The Program is funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Mentoring Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Initiative
This initiative supports organizations that respond to the needs of child victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking, including children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. This initiative has two components: project sites and training and technical assistance. The Program is funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the national membership organization and accrediting body for children’s advocacy centers (CACs). Recently, NCA and the FBI signed a formal memorandum of understanding in which the FBI will use Accredited CACs in commercial sexual exploitation of children, child sex trafficking, and other federal child abuse and exploitation cases. NCA has been awarding commercial sexual exploitation grants for five years and is developing a five-part online training program for CACs interested in developing these programs. Videotaping has been completed and the series is expected to be released in early 2016.
Child Abuse Regional Children’s Advocacy Center Program
Through the OJJDP’s Victims of Child Abuse Regional Children’s Advocacy Center program, four regional advocacy centers are funded to provide consultation and training and technical assistance services to communities that are developing local centers and also services to strengthen existing centers. Children's Advocacy Centers coordinate the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases by utilizing multidisciplinary teams of professionals involved in child protective and victim advocacy services, law enforcement and prosecution, and physical and mental health. The regional centers work cooperatively with the National Children’s Alliance, which provides national leadership and advocacy for local centers.
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