Evaluation of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Program, 2016 - 2020

Project Overview

The overall purpose of this project is to inform the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) on its efforts to improve services for domestic victims of human trafficking.

Building off of the previous Demonstration Grants for Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking, in 2016 ACF’s Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) in conjunction with ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) awarded thirteen cooperative agreement grants to implement the Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking (DVHT) Program. The DVHT Program is focused on providing comprehensive case management, direct services and assistance, and referrals to domestic victims of severe forms of human trafficking. Services include, but are not limited to, long-term housing, substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, educational opportunities, job training and skills, and legal and financial advocacy. Programs must integrate survivor engagement into their case management and service delivery strategies. The intent of the DVHT Program is to build, expand, and sustain organizational and community capacity to deliver trauma-informed, strength-based, and victim-centered services for domestic victims of severe forms of human trafficking through coordinated case management, a system of referrals, and the formation of community partnerships.

Working closely with OTIP and FYSB, OPRE is overseeing an evaluation of the DVHT Program. RTI is carrying out the evaluation. Key objectives are to assess grantee site policies, practices, and services, including the focus of this grant program on access to long-term housing options, substance abuse treatment, and integration of survivor-informed services. The evaluation may also develop recommendations for expanding and enhancing services for domestic victims of human trafficking on a broader scale. Additional project activities include working with grantees to improve performance measurement.

The point of contact is Mary Mueggenborg.