The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) manages the only foreign assistance program dedicated solely to combating human trafficking outside of the United States. The Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report, published annually in June, provides a diagnostic assessment of the efforts of more than 180 governments to combat trafficking, slavery and exploitation, and is strategically linked to our anti-trafficking foreign assistance priorities. Our foreign assistance targets both sex trafficking and labor trafficking through implementation of the "3P" paradigm of Prevention (including demand reduction), Protection of victims, and Prosecution of traffickers. A fourth P, Partnership, is also a critical element in the majority of our programs.
The Office conducts an annual open and competitive grant application and review process. Last year, J/TIP received applications from NGOs requesting more than $100 million in assistance – far more than our funding could support. By the end of the FY 2014 competition for funding, we awarded a total of over $18 million to fund 41 grants.
We remain committed to funding cross-cutting programs—those that address multiple elements of the 3Ps—as well as favoring programs with a survivor protection component. We are focused on investing in the programs that hold the greatest promise for advancing the anti-trafficking movement around the world. Our funding supports the Department and USAID’s Joint Strategic Goal Framework and works toward the specific goals of advancing civilian security throughout the world, building up stable and democratic states through promoting rule of law and protection of human rights, and advancing U.S. interests and values through public diplomacy and programs that connect the United States and Americans to the world.
Our office expects to post the request for proposals for Fiscal Year 2015 funding in the near future via an announcement on www.grants.gov and www.grantsolutions.gov. We will also post the announcement on here our website, www.state.gov/j/tip, along with information about U.S. priorities for anti-trafficking programming. We encourage all potential applicants to review the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, which was released in June. This report is an excellent source of information about current human trafficking issues and trends worldwide.
Of our recently funded grants, seven projects are global in nature, five projects are regional, and the remaining projects target 26 specific countries. Of our recently awarded grants, approximately 49 percent are being implemented by public international organizations; the remaining projects will be implemented by foreign and domestic NGOs.