This announcement is specifically focused on addressing short-term, targeted needs related to COVID-19 and human trafficking. The Department of State is rising daily to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, all over the world. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, traffickers continue to operate to ensure victims are not free to choose where they live, how they work, or who has access to their bodies.
Economic uncertainty, movement restrictions, lockdowns,and disruptions to state services have made the most vulnerable more vulnerable. Traffickers are capitalizing on the chaos of the pandemic, finding ways to increase their exploitation.
Examples of activities may include, but are not limited to :
- Activities that support victim identification and screening efforts;
- Activities that support collaborative cross-border case management with law enforcement;
- Activities that provide access to services and resources for victims and survivors that may have decreased as a result of COVID-19 and government responses;
- Activities that respond to emerging evidence on increased types of trafficking as a result of COVID-19.
Eligible Applicants :
Organizations eligible to apply include U.S.-based and foreign non-profits, non-governmental organizations (including faith-based organizations), for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and public international organizations (PIOs).
Closing date : April 15, 2022, 5:00pm EDT