Infórmate January 2016

Look Beneath the Surface – Human Trafficking is Modern-Day Slavery

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month but with your involvement everyday of every month can be an opportunity to learn about and end this horrific and preventable crime. 

Human trafficking is a global tragedy and anyone can become a victim. High risk populations in the United States are victims of child abuse and neglect, runaway and homeless youth, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations, unaccompanied minors, migrant workers, people with disabilities, and racial and ethnic minorities.

The vast majority of victims in the United States are people of color. This is a problem that needs wider attention in Hispanic communities.  According to a 2013 Department of Justice report of confirmed sex trafficking victims whose race was known, 40 percent were black, 26 percent were white, 24 percent were Hispanic, 4 percent were Asian, and 6 percent were other. Likewise of confirmed labor trafficking victims, 56 percent were Hispanic, 18 percent were other, 15 percent were Asian, 10 percent were black, and 2 percent were white.

Five ways you can combat trafficking are:

  1. Become knowledgeable about what both sex and labor trafficking look like in your community
  2. Understand that victims can be U.S. citizens, lawfully permanent residents, and foreign nationals
  3. Know the National Human Trafficking 24 hour hotline number, 1-888-373-7888
  4. Learn about state and local human trafficking task forces and coalitions
  5. Support awareness events led by non-profit agencies, schools and churches

Resources:

 


OUTREACH

Photo of several former refugee children of different ethnicitiesACA and New Americans: How ACF Helps Connect Refugees to Health Care 

More than 17 million uninsured Americans have gained health care coverage since the Affordable Care Act took effect. Many of the populations served by ACF, including refugees, are eligible for health insurance because of the ACA. At ACF, we are reaching out directly to individuals, families and state and local human service providers to spread the word. Our goal is to get relevant information about health insurance options into the hands of those who need it, and make sure those who could benefit are connected to the support they need to sign up for coverage. Read more about the steps taken to increase health insurance access to New Americans.


NEWS

Photo of Hispanic familyTake Part in EITC Awareness Day, January 29

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service joins ACF and partners nationwide to launch the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day outreach campaign to ensure that millions of low-and moderate-income workers get the credit they deserve and get it right. IRS estimates four of five eligible taxpayers claim and get this important credit.  Best of all, EITC is a financial boost for working people and your local economy. This year’s EITC Awareness Day is Jan. 29. The IRS invites community organizations, elected officials, state and local governments, schools, employers, and other interested parties to join a national grassroots effort on EITC Awareness Day to spotlight EITC. Intensive media coverage helps us reach the broadest possible range of eligible taxpayers, including the underserved populations and the newly eligible taxpayers. This year marks the 10th anniversary of EITC Awareness Day and, in along with promoting EITC; the IRS will provide information on other refundable tax credits that taxpayers may be eligible to receive. This includes the Premium Tax Credit, American Opportunity Tax Credit, and the Child Tax Credit. Join our outreach efforts and watch here for more information on the 2016 campaign and help promote over 40 years of EITC Awareness. To find out if you qualify for EITC, click here.


RESEARCH

 

Logo of the National Research Center of Hispanic Children and FamiliesLatinos Interrupted: How Income and Poverty Impact Hispanic Families’ Economic Mobility

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families released new findings that show low-income Hispanic households have less earnings variation month-to-month compared with their non-Hispanic counterparts. Yet, the research also shows these households face difficulties accessing public assistance programs. The Center explores these findings and their implications in several new efforts, including a new blog series, Latinos Interrupted: How Income and Poverty Impact Hispanic Families' Economic Mobility.


QUICK LINKS

Here is a partial list of ACF programs and ways to connect. For a complete overview of all ACF programs, visit our ACF Directory, which is also available in Spanish.


GRANTS

ACF programs have a variety of funding opportunities available to support social service programming at the state, local and tribal levels. Our grantees include:

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • For-profit Organizations
  • Government
  • Educational Organizations
  • Public Housing Groups

ACF funds an array of activities that support the economic and social well-being of people throughout the country. Find out which ACF grants are available today here: Funding Opportunities. To learn how to apply for a grant, view this guide to resources for community and faith-based organizations.

New Grants

The following opportunities are scheduled to be funded by ACF for fiscal year 2016. Please click the links to review the full forecast and sign up for updates if you are considered eligible for funding.

Program Office: Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
Funding Opportunity Title: Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Migrant Programs for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CA-1119
Click on link for description: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view...
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: January 15, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: April 14, 2016

Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement
Funding Opportunity Title: Refugee Microenterprise Development (MED) Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ORR-RG-1117
Click on link for description: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view...
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: February 12, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: April 12, 2016

Program Office: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Funding Opportunity Title: Family Strengthening Scholars
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-OPRE-PD-1114
Click on link for description.
Link to Forecast: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view...
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: March 19, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: May 19, 2016

Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement
Funding Opportunity Title: Ethnic Community Self Help Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ORR-RE-1129
Click on link for description: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view...
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: March 22, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: May 23, 2016

Program Office: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families
Funding Opportunity Title: Foster/Adoptive Parent Preparation, Training and Development Project
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CO-1122
Click on link for description: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view...
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: March 28, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: May 27, 2016

Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement
Funding Opportunity Title: Preferred Communities Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ORR-RP-1116
Click on link for description: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view...
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 4, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 3, 2016

Program Office: Office of Community Services
Funding Opportunity Title: Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Organizational Standards Center of Excellence (COE)
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-OCS-ET-1127
Click on link for description: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view...
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 10, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 10, 2016

Program Office: Office of Community Services
Funding Opportunity Title: Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program: Regional Performance and Innovation Consortium (RPIC)
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-OCS-ET-1128
Click on link for description: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view...
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 10, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 10, 2016

Program Office: Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Funding Opportunity Title: Basic Center Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CY-1121
Click on link for description: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view...
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 12, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 13, 2016

Program Office: Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Funding Opportunity Title: State and Tribal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Implementation Partnership Grants
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CW-1126
Click on link for description: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view...
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 12, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 13, 2016

Program Office: Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Funding Opportunity Title: Street Outreach Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-YO-1124
Click on link for description: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view...
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 12, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 13, 2016

Program Office: Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Funding Opportunity Title: Quality Improvement Center on Permanency and Placement Stability for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CW-1126
Click on link for description: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view...
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 12, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 13, 2016



EMPLOYMENT

 

Interested in Working with ACF?

ACF is working hard to increase diversity within its workforce and to enhance the cultural competency of the agency, its employees and its contractors. One sure way to reach its goal is to hire more people from diverse backgrounds. Please visit www.usajobs.gov and search for vacancies in the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services. Keep up to date on recent federal job openings by following the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's job site on social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and App. Visit the ACF website for a list of job opportunities.

 

ACF Job Openings. Apply here:

  • Lead Statistician (Social Science); Administration on Children, Youth and Families; GS-14; Salary: $108,887 to $141,555.00; Location: Washington, D.C.; Deadline: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Apply here: U.S. Citizens.
  • Community Services Program Specialist; Office of Community Services; GS-9/12; Salary: $53,435 to $100,736; Location: Washington, D.C.; Deadline: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Apply here: Status Candidates and U.S. Citizens.
  • Program Specialist; Office of Head Start; GS-13; Salary: $90,823 to $118,069; Location: Washington, D.C.; Deadline: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Apply here: U.S. Citizens.

HHS Job Openings. Apply here:

Are you a Federal Employee with Status? Apply here:

Status applicants refers to those individuals who are current or former Federal civilian employees who hold or held non-temporary appointments in the competitive service, not the excepted service. Individuals with status are eligible for noncompetitive movement within the competitive service because they are now or previously were serving under career-type appointments in the competitive service. 

Are You a Student or Recent Graduate Who Wants to Work in the White House? Apply here:

Interested in Student or Summer Internships in the Federal Government? Apply here:



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Thank you for taking the time to learn about ACF opportunities. For more information, or to sign up a new recipient for Infόrmate, contact Special Assistant Lizette Olmos Godfrey in the ACF Office of Communications at lizette.godfrey@acf.hhs.gov. For past issues, click on this link: Infόrmate.
 

Last Reviewed: March 31, 2016
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