Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking (DVHT) Program

Office on Trafficking in Persons

Mission Statement

The Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking (DVHT) Program is a grant program that funds comprehensive case management, direct services, and referrals through community partnerships to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents who have experienced human trafficking. The DVHT Program empowers organizations and communities to deliver trauma-informed, strength-based, and victim-centered services for domestic individuals who have experienced trafficking. The program encourages innovative collaboration within communities to ensure long-term outcomes.

Grants under the DVHT Program incorporate trauma-informed and person-centered models to assist victims of human trafficking. A trauma-informed care model assumes that clients have experienced trauma. This model includes organizational change that promotes resilience in clients and staff, engages individuals in care, prevents re-traumatization, and incorporates knowledge about trauma in policies, procedures, practices, and settings. All DVHT Program activities must adhere to Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate (CLAS) Standards to inform, guide, and facilitate practices related to culturally and linguistically appropriate health services.

Under the DVHT Program, OTIP funds the following two grants:

  1. The FY 20 Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Services and Outreach (DVHT-SO) Program. The goal of the DVHT-SO Program is to fund organizations that will build, expand, and sustain organizational and local capacity to deliver services to domestic victims of severe forms of human trafficking as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 through the provision of direct services, assistance, and referrals. Under the DVHT-SO Program, the following activities are required: 1) provision of comprehensive case management to domestic victims of human trafficking; 2) outreach efforts to increase identification of victims of sex and labor trafficking; and 3) training to service providers and community partners.
  2. The FY 20 Demonstration Grants to Strengthen the Response to Victims of Human Trafficking in Native Communities (VHT-NC) Program. The goal of the VHT-NC Program is to fund organizations that will build, expand, and sustain organizational and community capacity to deliver services to Native American (i.e., American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and/or Pacific Islanders) victims of severe forms of human trafficking as defined by the TVPA of 2000, through the provision of direct services, assistance, and referrals. Under VHT-NC the following activities are required: 1) provision of comprehensive culturally and linguistically responsive case management to Native American victims of trafficking; 2) outreach efforts to increase identification of Native American victims of sex and labor trafficking; and 3) training to service providers and community partners. The VHT-NC Program must incorporate culturally appropriate and traditional healing practices into the project design and implementation, as cultural wisdom and traditional practices are fundamental to achieving behavioral health improvements today and affecting change for future generations.

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