STATE RECOGNIZES SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s capitol will be lit in blue from sunset on Wednesday, January 22 until dawn to raise awareness about slavery and human trafficking prevention.
“Human trafficking is the second-fastest growing criminal industry, just behind drug trafficking, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,” Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) Director Jennifer Brinkman said. “We’re committed to supporting organizations across Tennessee who are helping victims and spreading awareness to communities about this form of modern-day slavery.”
In the 2019 fiscal year, OCJP provided more than $760,000 to five human trafficking victim service agencies:
End Slavery TN (Nashville)
Second Life TN (Chattanooga)
Memphis Leadership Foundation (Memphis)
Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking (Knoxville)
Seventh Well (Chattanooga)
OCJP funding helped provide services and support to 279 victims of human trafficking. Services include:
- Immediate Health and Safety Services which respond to immediate emotional and physical needs, such as crisis intervention; accompaniment to hospitals for medical examinations; crisis line counseling; and emergency needs like food, clothing, transportation and shelter.
- Mental Health Assistance providing support services to victims to better understand the dynamics of victimization and to stabilize their lives through counseling, group treatment and therapy.
- Advocacy in Criminal Justice Proceedings on behalf of human trafficking victims including: accompaniment to criminal justice offices and court; transportation to court; notification of victims regarding trial dates; case disposition information and parole consideration proceedings; restitution advocacy; and assistance with victim impact statements.
If you or someone you know has been affected by human trafficking you can contact the Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-855-55-TNHTH.
The OCJP, a division of the department of Finance & Administration, functions as a strategic planning agency that secures, distributes, and manages federal and state funds for Tennessee, including Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds and STOP Violence Against Women Program (STOP) funds.
Attention: Attendees a the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1, 2017
If you or a family member were at the Route 91 Harvest Festival attack on Sunday, October 1, Nevada's Crime Victim Compensation program may be able to help you pay for expenses such as medical bills, funeral expenses, mental health treatment, or lost wages. You may apply for help whether or not you were physically injured in the attack. You do not have to be a resident of the State of Nevada to apply. Even if you have no expenses today, we encourage you to apply now in case you incur expenses in the future, such as counseling. Please go to the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center website and complete the intake form and then go the Nevada Crime Victim Compensation link. https://vegasstrongrc.org/
Public Service Announcements
As part of the Governor’s 2016 Public Safety Action Plan, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, funded by a grant under the Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has released an ongoing communications campaign about the signs of domestic violence and how to access services available to victims. The domestic violence campaign consists of four (4) public service announcements (PSAs) and two (2) poster creations to be displayed statewide that show the warning signs/ red flags of domestic violence, victim empowerment and peer support/ accountability. Each public service announcement provides the phone number and the website address for the statewide domestic violence helpline, operated by Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, to obtain support, information, and resources.
Make the Call
Hard to Watch
Lend a Hand
University of Memphis DVPSA project presentation
In the News
The final rule for its Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula Victim Assistance Grant Program was published in the Federal Register with an effective date of August 8, 2016. OCJP will have an effective date of January 1, 2017 for the new VOCA
regulations. Please review the new regulations, https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-08/pdf/2016-16085.pdf.
If you are interested in open solicitations go to Grant Applications.
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