International Programs Overview
The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) 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, 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 TIP Office conducts an annual open and competitive grant application and review process. Last year, the TIP Office received applications from NGOs requesting more than $107 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.
In October 2017, the State Department’s TIP Office launched the Program to End Modern Slavery—a groundbreaking $25 million U.S. foreign assistance program authorized and funded by Congress. The Program to End Modern Slavery (PEMS) aims to support transformational programs and projects that seek to achieve a measurable and substantial reduction of the prevalence of modern slavery—also known as human trafficking—in targeted populations in specific countries or regions.
The TIP Office solicited public comments on the most effective approaches for implementing this new program via a Federal Register Notice and a public meeting held on January 25, 2017. Please find the formal written submissions here, published with the consent of the authors. Following the release of a Notice of Funding Opportunity in March 2017 and an open and competitive selection process, the TIP Office awarded $25 million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (the Global Fund) to administer a three-year program. The Global Fund was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2015 with a mission to dramatically expand resources and develop focused, coherent strategies across countries and industries to reduce the prevalence of modern slavery.
The Global Fund intends to leverage the initial TIP Office investment of $25 million to attract other donor resources and expects to have mobilized $150 million, including the U.S. government $25 million contribution, by the third year of the PEMS award. The program will support projects seeking measurable, sustainable reduction of human trafficking in target countries and sectors through advancing effective rule of law, eliminating forced labor from supply chains, and sustaining the freedom of survivors. The program will also include robust monitoring, evaluation, and reporting elements and contribute data, analysis, lessons learned, and best practices through the development of a global data platform. The Global Fund seeks to ensure that survivor voices are integrated throughout project design and implementation efforts.
For opportunities to engage with the Global Fund, please refer to their website: https://www.gfems.org/current-opportunities.
Program to End Modern Slavery - Funding Opportunity Available
The TIP Office announces a second open and competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity for $25 million under the Program to End Modern Slavery (PEMS). Applicants are invited to submit innovative proposals describing how they will advance transformational programs and projects that seek to achieve a measurable and substantial reduction of the prevalence of modern slavery in targeted populations in priority countries or jurisdictions.
Organizations eligible to apply include U.S.-based and foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), non-profits, for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education. For-profit organizations are not permitted to generate profits from grant-funded activities. U.S. government agencies, foreign governments, and public international organizations (PIOs) are not eligible to apply.
Proposals must be submitted via SAMS Domestic (https://mygrants.service-now.com/grants) by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on May 14, 2018, to be eligible for consideration. To be competitive under this funding opportunity, applicants must be fully responsive to all directions in this document.
TIP Office Project Descriptions
As of February 2018, the TIP Office currently funds $65 million in foreign assistance for 91 projects in 76 countries plus global projects. Click here for detailed descriptions of the TIP Office’s current projects.