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 $95 million in assistance – far more than our funding could support. By the end of the FY 2013 competition for funding, we awarded a total of over $19 million to fund 35 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.
The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons announces two competitive grant solicitations for projects to combat human trafficking in sub-Saharan Africa. The request for proposals for projects to provide technical assistance to governments in sub-Saharan Africa to improve their capacity to combat trafficking in persons can be found here. The request for proposals for research on supply chains and human trafficking in sub-Saharan Africa can be found here. Technical assistance project proposals are due August 21, 2014 and research proposals are due August 27, 2014.
Of our recently funded grants, nine projects are global in nature, one project is regional, and the remaining projects target 21 specific countries. Of our recently awarded grants, approximately 45 percent are being implemented by public international organizations; the remaining projects will be implemented by foreign and domestic NGOs.