- Polaris Project
As a member of Governor John R. Kasich’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, I am pleased to share our new Toolkit for Serving Victims of Human Trafficking in Ohio. This toolkit serves as a framework and compilation of tools developed by the Task Force, the Ohio Network of Anti-Human Trafficking Coalitions, the Ohio Human Trafficking Commission and other resources created by federal and grassroots partners.
Ohio continues to intensify the fight against human trafficking. We are investing in new partnerships with service providers and strengthening the capacity of our agencies and first responders. We are seeing new community-led anti-trafficking coalitions form throughout the state. Law enforcement partners are more aggressively pursuing traffickers and identifying victims. As public awareness grows, more victims are identified, and the tactics of traffickers evolve, our tools must also evolve to respond to the needs of victims and environment in which we are serving them. Over time, we hope to build a stronger evidence base of practice for our response. Thus, this toolkit is not intended as a static document but provides a victim-centered framework and capacity building tool for Ohio’s service providers and coalitions as they work to assist survivors in their own communities.
If your community is in the beginning of stages of forming a Rescue and Restore Coalition or is new to serving victims, we strongly recommend starting with a needs assessment. A needs assessment is simply taking an organized look at what strengths and resources exist in your community to address the issue of human trafficking, assessing who in your community is already providing prevention or response services, and determining whether there are gaps. In the “Additional Resources” section, you can find a link to the US Department of Justice’s Guide to Conducting a Needs Assessment. Once you have completed a needs assessment, you will begin to see how these tools can assist your coalition or community’s response efforts and help ensure excellent service standards for trafficking survivors.
If you would like to request more information on how to use the tools effectively in your community or coalition, please contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-995-7986. Thank you for your partnership in providing excellent service to the most vulnerable in Ohio.
Elizabeth Ranade Janis
Service Matrix and Community Response Models for Serving Adults and Minors
US Department of Justice:
Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking
Description: Annual grant opportunity requiring two applications from every site seeking funding: one application from a lead state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency (in close collaboration with a partner victim service organization) and one application from a lead victim service organization (in close collaboration with a partner law enforcement agency). Visit www.bja.gov/funding for more information.
Services for Trafficking Victims
Description: Annual grant opportunity to provide timely, high-quality services to victims of human trafficking as defined by TVPA, as amended, and to enhance interagency collaboration and coordination in the provision of services to such victims. Visit http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/grants/traffickingmatrix.html for more information.
US Department of Health and Human Services:
National Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program
Description: Annual grant opportunity to provide comprehensive case management services to foreign victims of human trafficking and potential victims seeking HHS certification. Grantees provide case management, referrals, emergency assistance, and other forms of aid, including housing, mental health screening and therapy, employment assistance, and legal services. Visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/anti-trafficking/about and http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/anti-trafficking-in-persons-grants for more information.
Rescue & Restore Regional Program
Description: Annual grant opportunity to build the capacity of local anti-trafficking networks, organize public awareness efforts, and identify victims of trafficking. Each grantee sub-awards 60 percent of grant funds to grassroots organizations that identify and serve victims. Visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/anti-trafficking/about and http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/anti-trafficking-in-persons-grants for more information.
Office of Criminal Justice Services
STOP Violence Against Women Act Grant Program (VAWA)
Description: The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program funds projects that assist units of local government develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies and services to combat crimes against women.
Visit http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/VAWA.stm for more information.
Office of Criminal Justice Services
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG)
Description: The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions. The JAG program blends the previous Byrne formula and Local Law Enforcement Block grant programs into a single program to provide agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most.
Visit http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/JAG.stm for more information.
Ohio Attorney General's Office:
Description: The Victims of Crime Act Grant Program provides federal funding to support victim service programs in Ohio. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has been designated as the administrator of this federal grant. The State Victim’s Assistance Act provides state funding to support enhanced victim service programs in Ohio. The guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application process for VOCA and SVAA grants are very similar. In order to be eligible for VOCA or SVAA financial aid, a victim assistance program must be operated by either a public agency or a private nonprofit organization, and direct service to individual victims of crime must be a core component of the organization’s mission and operations.
Visit http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Individuals-and-Families/Victims/VOCA-SVAA-Grants-for-Advocates.aspx for more information.
The Office of Criminal Justice Services offers year-round grant writing workshops. The purpose of the workshop is to provide basic tools and teach key grant writing concepts to assist applicants in the grant seeking process, and to ultimately assist applicants in securing funding support for their projects. The workshops focus on utilizing grant writing tools to help applicants submit proposals through the OCJS application process.
Visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013Grantwriting101 to register.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
February 2, 2010
The HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) issues Certification Letters to trafficking victims who have a T visa, bona fide T visa application or Continued Presence, making them eligible for Federally-funded benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. After receiving notice of a T visa, bona fide T visa application or Continued Presence from the Department of Homeland Security, HHS/ORR contacts the attorney or victim witness coordinator listed on the notification to identify the service provider assisting the victim. To ensure prompt attention to victims awaiting Certification, please contact HHS for Certification Letters for clients who have either a T visa or a notice of a bona fide T visa application or Continued Presence. The following is contact information for ORR staff and the regions for which they issue Certification Letters:
Sarah Pamperin email@example.com 202-401-4863
Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Connecticut, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Marshall Islands, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oregon, Republic of Palau, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington
Robin Jones firstname.lastname@example.org 202-205-5842
Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virgin Islands, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
Bridget Maher email@example.com 202-205-5901
Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
To request an Eligibility Letter for a child trafficking victim, please contact Margaret Paton, Child Protection Specialist, HHS/ORR Anti-trafficking in Persons Office. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and her phone number is 202-205-4582. The following link has a form individuals can use to request assistance for trafficked children: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/ATIP_Request_Assistance_Child_Victims_Trafficking.pdf
Polaris Project’s interactive trainings/pre-recorded webinars
POLARIS PROJECT: online training and webinars on a variety of key trafficking topics
Trafficking in Persons General Awareness Training
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE: interactive awareness training
Look Beneath the Surface
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Understanding Human Trafficking
Working With Foreign National Child Victims of Trafficking
Polaris Project: online training on assisting minor foreign trafficking victims
Immigration Remedies for Foreign National Adult Victims of Trafficking
Polaris Project: online training on assisting adult foreign trafficking victims
What Caregivers Need to Know About Human Trafficking
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOBS AND FAMILY SERVICES: Ohio’s mandated human trafficking for foster care parents, includes self-care tools for caregivers
Human Trafficking & Runaway & Homeless Youth
POLARIS PROJECT: online training on trafficking and homeless youth
Trafficking in Persons Report 2013
US DEPARTMENT OF STATE: Annual Trafficking in Persons Report- Report on state of global and domestic trafficking efforts and statistics
Local Law Enforcement Human Trafficking Statistics Report 12-13
OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL: Annual report on human trafficking statistics reported by local law enforcement
Guidance to States and Services on Addressing Human Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States
US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Education Pack Downloads
FREE THE SLAVES: educational resources for students, parents, teachers, and youth leaders
Human Trafficking Prevention Resources
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: human trafficking resources for school personnel, parents and community organizations, and students
Working With Law Enforcement: Part I
POLARIS PROJECT: role of law enforcement in trafficking cases
Human Trafficking Awareness Training
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY: for law enforcement and first responders
Law Enforcement Training
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: awareness and response training for law enforcement
Law Enforcement Discussion of Immigration Relief
US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Human Trafficking in Agricultural Labor
POLARIS PROJECT: training on agricultural labor trafficking
Accelerating Action Against Child Labour
INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION: global report on child labor
Mental Health Provider Self-Assessment Tools and Training Resources
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES: resources for mental health providers and advocates working with victims of trauma
Ethics in Victims Services
US DOJ OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME: training on ethical decision making in victim services
Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers
US DOJ OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (OVC TTAC)