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 more than 500 applications requesting more than $280 million in assistance – far more than our funding could support. By the end of the FY 2012 competition for funding, we awarded a total of nearly $17.7 million to fund 40 grants.
Almost 90 percent of funded projects include a protection component and close to 60 percent provide direct services to victims. Sixty-five percent of funded projects build capacity of local law enforcement and prosecutors to apprehend and prosecute traffickers; victim protection is a critical component of these as well. Seventy-five percent of projects address both labor and sex trafficking, ensuring a comprehensive response to all forms of trafficking.
On December 18, 2012, the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons announced an open competition for fiscal year 2013 funding of projects to combat trafficking in persons outside of the U.S. The first stage of competition begins with a solicitation for two-page Statements of Interest (SOI) from eligible organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that address specific recommendations identified in the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report. In the second stage, the TIP Office will invite selected applicants to submit full proposals that expand upon their capability to perform the project proposed in the first stage SOIs. Full Text» Request for Statements of Interest» Questions and Answers»
Of our recently funded grants, eight projects are global in nature, five projects are regional, and the remaining projects target 23 specific countries. U.S.-based NGOs and public international organizations implement approximately 40 percent of our projects. The remaining projects are implemented by foreign-based NGOs and educational institutions.
Detailed descriptions of our FY 2012 projects are available here.