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Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education (HTYPE) Demonstration Grants
July 31, 2020
|The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is announcing funds for the Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education (HTYPE) Demonstration Program. The goal of the HTYPE Demonstration Program is to fund local educational agencies (LEA) to develop and implement programs to prevent human trafficking victimization through the provision of skills-based human trafficking training and education for school staff and students as specified in the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018.
Under the HTYPE Demonstration Program, the following activities are required: 1) provide human trafficking education that equips educators and other staff to identify and respond to signs that students are at high risk of or are currently experiencing human trafficking; 2) deliver student human trafficking prevention education that is designed to build student resilience to labor trafficking and sex trafficking by strengthening student knowledge and skills; 3) train qualified individuals to implement and replicate project activities throughout the school district or identified target area(s); and 4) establish and implement a Human Trafficking School Safety Protocol (HTSSP).
The LEA must work in partnership with a nonprofit or nongovernmental organization (NGO) to provide all aspects of human trafficking prevention education to students and school staff. The LEA will consult with local law enforcement in the development of the HTSSP, specifically to address the safety, security, and well-being of staff and students and to define the proper and effective role of school staff in responding to potential and confirmed cases of human trafficking, including notifying and engaging parents, guardians, or caregivers, as appropriate.