November 2020Monthly Update


As we move into our new role as a University Center, the team at the CJR is excited for what is ahead and how our work will expand from our strong anti-trafficking programming. We look forward to staying in touch as this unfolds. A part of this effort includes a new “look” for our programs, each program a unique and essential part of the larger work of the Center. This month we will be rolling out a new logo for HT-RADAR that fits with the new “look” of all of the CJR programs.


HT-RADAR Quarterly Meeting

The next HT-RADAR meeting is scheduled for December 10, 2020 from 11:30am to 1:30pm and will be held virtually over Zoom.

Please make sure to register for the meeting!

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This meeting will feature a presentation on Solutions to End Exploitation’s (SEE) newest Illicit massage research from Denver and then a discussion on how they are using collective impact to create a collective strategy around the Illicit Massage Industry (IMI) by Missy Weismann and Rachel VerWys, MSW. This unique research titled: Estimating the Economy of Demand in Illicit Massage Businesses in the Denver Metro Area, published in April 2020, is the latest addition to economic studies of this kind in various cities around the U.S. This research linked to collective impact principles creates a unique strategy for addressing this unique form of human trafficking in their communities.

SEE nurtures creative possibilities to fight human trafficking and exploitation through the framework of Collective Impact.  Human Trafficking is a complex problem. SEE listens to this complexity in their research to amplify a collective story.  Compassion solutions are birthed from the research, a truly collaborative approach is employed that works across businesses, criminal justice, human and victim services, the tech industry, neighborhoods, philanthropy, health care, government, nonprofit, faith, and education sectors to achieve significant and lasting change. They believe in creative possibilities. Collaborative relationships create a network to engage in cooperative, strategic activity to disrupt and end human trafficking and all the unique forms it takes, like the Illicit Massage Industry.


Community Highlights

SoCal Safe Shelter Collaborative

San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan announced that domestic violence survivors will no longer have to spend hours or days trying to find safe shelter under a new program that can locate available space within minutes. The SoCal Safe Shelter Collaborative leverages technology to more quickly connect survivors with available space in a shelter so abuse victims can expeditiously be removed from dangerous situations and begin receiving support services.

Office on Trafficking in Persons Grant Awards

OTIP recently awarded $8.8 million to 19 organizations that provide case management services to survivors of human trafficking. Awardees will conduct outreach to potential victims of human trafficking and provide training to build the capacity of local service providers and community partners to respond to human trafficking. In addition, eight school districts across the country received $4.3 million in awards to develop and implement programs to prevent human trafficking victimization.


Three-Year Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education Demonstration Program (HTYPE) Program:

Brentwood Union Free School District Brentwood, N.Y. $525,052
DeKalb County School District Stone Mountain, Ga. $600,000
Fort Worth Independent School District Fort Worth, Texas $600,000
Granite School District Salt Lake City, Utah $497,996
Kent Intermediate School District Grand Rapids, Mich. $500,000
Los Angeles County Office of Education Downey, Calif. $561,358
Oakland Unified School District Oakland, Calif. $507.847
San Diego County Office of Education San Diego, Calif. $575,207



Three-Year Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Services and Outreach (DVHT-SO) Grant Program:

Volunteers of America Los Angeles, Calif. $360,000
Ruby’s Place Castro Valley, Calif. $360,000
Center for Family Services, Inc. Camden, N.J. $360,000
Kristi House, Inc. Miami, Fla. $359,800
YouthCare Seattle, Wash. $351,554
New Mexico Dream Center of Albuquerque  

Albuquerque, N.M.



Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. Phoenix, Ariz. $297,418
The Avery Center Greeley, Colo. $287,924
FAIR Girls Washington, D.C. $284,496
North County Lifeline, Inc. Oceanside, Calif. $279,336
The Salvation Army Cincinnati, Ohio $273,410
J Bar J Youth Services Bend, Ore. $260,000



Three-Year Demonstration Grants to Strengthen the Response to Victims of Human Trafficking in Native Communities (VHT-NC) Program:

Alaska Native Justice Center Anchorage, Alaska $260,000
Child and Family Service Waimanalo, Hawaii $260,000
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities Minneapolis, Minn. $260,000
North Carolina Department of Administration  

Raleigh, N.C.



Puyallup Tribe of Indians Tacoma, Wash. $254,059
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Keshena, Wis. $200,000


National Institute of Justice Research Assistantship Program

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research Assistantship Program (RAP) offers highly qualified doctoral students the opportunity to bring their expertise to NIJ to work across offices and program areas to obtain a practical and applied research experience.  They welcome students from all academic disciplines to apply and connect their research to the criminal justice field. This unique assistantship is an opportunity to learn and contribute to the breadth and depth of science research in which NIJ engages. NIJ provides funds to participating universities to pay salaries and other costs associated with research assistants who work on NIJ research activities.

  • Students have until December 23, 2020 to work with their schools to apply.
  • Additional information can be found here

Summary Report: The lived realities of sustained liberation in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, India: an evaluation of survivor experiences

Since 2014, the Freedom Fund has worked with partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in northern India to combat human trafficking from 700 villages across the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. This study set out to assess the realities of liberation for survivors of human trafficking (in other words, those who have been exploited within the definition of human trafficking, but for whom some may still be experiencing exploitation), and whether liberation can be sustained. Individuals interviewed were victims of debt bondage, forced labor, and the worst forms of child labor. The study assessed the responses of survivors one to three years after they had received reintegration support provided by four NGOs in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh: The National Institute for Rural Development, Education, Social Upliftment and Health (NIRDESH); Centre Direct; Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan (MSEMVS); and Pragati Gramodyog Sansthan (PGS). Data was gathered by the Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices, India (Praxis).

  • Full Report can be found here

See it. End it. Virtual Film Festival

Experience compelling true stories of hope and resilience from survivors of human trafficking. Listen to moderated panel discussions and Q & A sessions with survivors, allies, law enforcement, and filmmakers, to understand the complex issue of human trafficking with greater clarity and find your place in contributing to the fight against this crime against humanity. This Film & Arts Festival is an event featuring film screenings, visual and performing arts, music and other exciting entertainment.

Project TRUST

Project TRUST is a national training and technical assistance program funded by the Office for Victims of Crime that supports agencies as they integrate a trauma-informed approach into each level of service delivery and organizational structure. Whether your agency is in need of multi-day training or seeking feedback on a form or flyer, Project TRUST is available. The Council informs current projects and operations, and includes service providers, labor and sex trafficking survivors, and survivor-leaders in the field.


Opportunities & Resources


HT-RADAR will now offer information about webinars focused on anti-trafficking work and anti-trafficking research. As many of us are working remotely, here are some resources for additional educational opportunities:

Fact, Fiction & Fear: The impact of conspiracy theories on the anti-trafficking movement

This webinar was held by World Without exploitation as part of their Now and Next Speaker Series. During this webinar, guest speakers: Rebecca Bender (Rebecca Bender Initiative) and Shea M. Rhodes (CSE Institute) discuss the impact of conspiracy theories on the anti-trafficking movement.


Survivor Perspectives: Increasing Identification through Labor Trafficking Outreach 

This panel discussion highlighting survivor perspectives explores experiences and insights relevant to trauma-informed and effective labor trafficking outreach. Learn about tailoring content and responsible representation, assessing agency readiness, and considerations for partnering with survivors, among other topics. Viewers will gain practical tips to connect with people experiencing labor trafficking in their communities.


Housing LGBTQ+ Survivors of Trafficking

This webinar was produced by Freedom Network USA. LGBTQ+ individuals experience high rates of homelessness, have a heightened vulnerability of being exploited, and are often excluded from housing programs. This webinar will discuss the challenges that LGBTQ+ survivors face in accessing safe and stable housing and explore housing models and practices to enhance access to housing for individuals from the LGBTQ+ community.

Upcoming Conferences

National Center for Victims of Crime National Training Institute

November 11, 2020 – November 13, 2020

Virtual Conference

Trust Conference

November 11, 2020 – November 12, 2020

Virtual Conference

Crime Victim Law Virtual Conference

November 14, 2020 – November 15, 2020

Virtual Conference

National Leadership Conference

December 13, 2020 – December 16, 2020

Washington, DC

Funding Opportunities

Live Your Dream Award

The Live Your Dream Awards offers three levels of cash awards. Eligible applicants can submit Ultimately, a Live Your Dream Awards finalist has the potential to receive up to $16,000 to help offset tuition costs, purchase books, get transportation, or find reliable childcare so she can worry less about how to pay her bills and focus on reaching her dreams.

Close Date: November 15, 2021

STAT! Mini-Grant

Awards will be up to $500 each and must be used to benefit women and/or girls who have been affected by human trafficking.

Close Date: January 10, 2021

Samuel Rubin Foundation

The Samuel Rubin Foundation supports organizations working for peace, social justice and human rights, particularly those working at the intersection of these issues. We are especially interested in organizations with a focus on the prevention and resolution of violent conflict, disarmament, reproductive justice, media justice, racial justice, and empowering the traditionally disenfranchised, including people of color, women, and youth.

Close Date: January 29, 2021: FY21 LOI closes

Ameriprise Financial Grant

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to meet basic human needs, promote community vitality, and encourage volunteerism in communities in which the funding source does business. Funding is intended to enhance communities and to help people achieve financial independence. Priority is given to applications where there is active volunteer engagement of Ameriprise advisors and employees.

Close Date: January 15, 2021.

Forecasted Grants:

Victims of Human Trafficking – Services and Outreach (VHT-SO) Program

Information release date: March 22, 2021