Sex Trafficking in Indian Country Update


A project blog dedicated to providing a central location for the latest media, news articles, training information, funding and policy updates related to sex trafficking in Indian country.

New Funding Opportunity "Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Assault, Domestic Viole

Synopsis: This FY 2016 Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program is designed to encourage partnerships between state, local, and tribal governments, courts, victim service providers, coalitions and rape crisis centers, to ensure that sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are treated as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system and community-based victim service organizations. The Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program challenges the community to work collaboratively to identify problems, and share ideas that will result in new responses to ensure victim safety and offender accountability.

New funding opportunity

Synopsis: "This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in efforts to increase public awareness about, and primary and secondary prevention of, family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and to provide immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents. Note: Grantees are to be mindful that although the expenditure period for grants is a two-year period, an application is required each

New Resources on the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

Synopsis: The Capacity Building Center for States has recently added a webpage dedicated to explaining new federal laws related to Sex Trafficking, Children, and Title IV-E. Resources Include: --> White House Convening on Developmentally Appropriate Services for Children, Youth, and Young Adults in Foster Care -->Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking [Learning Experience] -->Collaborating With Youth-Serving Agencies to Respond to and Prevent Sex Trafficking of Youth -->At Risk for Sex Trafficking: Youth Who Run Away From Foster Care -->National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare: June 10–11, 2015] --> Sex Trafficking Prevention and Intervention [Related Organizat

OJJDP FY 2016 Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Sex Traffic

Grant opportunity for: --Public and State controlled institutions of higher education --Small businesses --City or township governments --State governments --Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification) --For profit organizations other than small businesses --Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) --County governments --Private institutions of higher education --Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Current Closing Date for Applications: March 07, 2016. "This program supports efforts of eligible applicant organizations to develop or enhance their mentoring capaci

"Out from the shadows: Duluth's attention to sex trafficking grows"

Synopsis: An article about the collaboration efforts in Duluth MN to address sex trafficking of Native women and youth including a marketing campaign called “Don’t Buy It” developed by a group called Men As Peacemakers. Click here to access the original article.

Federal Funding Opportunities for Implementing VAWA’s Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdictio

Free webinar offered on January 14th, 2016 to explain VAWA funding opportunities. "All federally recognized tribes may, if they so choose, exercise the special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians, recognized by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. However, this expanded jurisdiction, similar to the enhanced sentencing authorized by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, includes numerous due process protection requirements that can be costly for a tribe to implement. There is some federal funding available to assist in this implementation, including funding for tribal courts, for law enforcement, and for victims services. This webinar will explore the F

OVW FY 2016 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence

Eligibile Applicants: --Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) --County governments --City or township governments --Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) --Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education --State governments --Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities Application deadline: Feb 24, 2016 Click here to access the grant page.

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