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U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey Announces More Than $65 Million Available To Fight Human Trafficking And Help Trafficking Victims

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tenn. – U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey of the Eastern District of Tennessee today announced that more than $65 million in Department of Justice grants is available to help communities combat human trafficking and serve adults and children who are victimized in trafficking operations.

“Our nation is facing difficult challenges, none more pressing than the scourge of human trafficking.  Human traffickers pose a dire threat to public safety and countering this threat remains one of the Administration’s top domestic priorities,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. “The Department of Justice is front and center in the fight against this insidious crime. OJP is making historic amounts of grant funding available to ensure that our communities have access to innovative and diverse solutions.”

“It is important to take the time to focus on the victim in the aftermath of a traumatic crime like human trafficking and to address their needs for safety and justice.  Our office will continue its efforts to build that trust and restore the hope of those victims and their communities. We all play a role in helping victims as they rebuild their lives within our communities,” said U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey.    

The funding is available through OJP, the federal government’s leading source of public safety funding and crime victim assistance in state, local and tribal jurisdictions. OJP’s programs support a wide array of activities and services, including programs that support human trafficking task forces and services for human trafficking survivors. 

A number of funding opportunities are currently open, with several more opening in the near future. 

Missing and Exploited Children Training and Tecnical Assistance Program:

Total Available $1.8 million                                      Deadline 4/6/2020 (Extended)

Multidisciplinary Task Force Program to Combat Human Trafficking:

Total Available $22 million                                       Opens week of 3/16/2020

Preventing Trafficking of Girls:

 Total Available $1.7 million                                      Opens week of 3/16/2020

Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons

Total Available $2.5 million                                      Deadline 4/20/2020   

Services for Victims of Human Trafficking:

Total Available $16.5 million                                    Opens week of 3/16/2020

Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking:     

 Total Available $2 million                                        Opens week of 3/16/2020

 Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Program:

Total Available $5 million                                          Opens week of 3/16/2020

Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking:                          

Total Available $6 million                                          Opens week of 3/16/2020

Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking:

Total Available $8 million                                          Opens week of 3/16/2020

For more information regarding all OJP funding opportunities, visit




Updated March 30, 2020

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