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Response to Human Trafficking Program (RHTP)

Grants to New York Nonprofits and IHEs to Assist
Foreign-Born Victims of Human Trafficking

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New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)

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01/19/18 2:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and educational institutions to combat human trafficking within the state. Please note that nonprofit applicants must prequalify in the online grants system prior to applying. Grantees must provide services to foreign-born victims of human trafficking who are otherwise unable to obtain assistance due to lack of eligible immigration status.

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) issues this Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit services for New York State confirmed Human Trafficking Victims under the NYS Response to Human Trafficking Program (RHTP).

OTDA may fund agencies to provide services in some or all of the following counties within these three regions:
-New York City: Bronx, Kings, Queens, New York, Richmond
-Metro Area: Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland
-Rest of State: All other counties

Effective implementation of the New York State Human Trafficking Law has four key objectives, which are to:
1. Increase prevention of and protection against trafficking for vulnerable populations;
2. Improve the capacity of the human services sector to address human trafficking;
3. Increase access to quality services for survivors of human trafficking; and
4. Increase investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of human trafficking.

To accomplish these specific objectives, the RHTP:
1. Addresses the serious and wide-ranging service issues facing trafficked persons given their lack of access to mainstream services;
2. Eases the transition of trafficked persons into the State’s assistance programs and bridges needs until federal certification occurs;
3. Empowers trafficked persons to be effective partners in the approach of their case management;
4. Provides funding to support outreach to engage other providers and stakeholders to identify victims of human trafficking; and Supports local collaboration such as the Domestic Violence Task Force, or other Trafficking Task Forces, working to identify and serve trafficked persons and create and/or support Task Forces in particular areas.


The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is responsible for the implementation of services to foreign-born New York State confirmed victims of human trafficking who are unable to obtain assistance elsewhere because of their lack of eligible immigration status.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) was the first comprehensive national effort to address human trafficking. It provided for enhanced penalties for human trafficking crimes and special service programs to provide assistance to victims. The TVPA was a watershed development in addressing trafficking on a national level.

New York took steps to address this when the State enacted the Human Trafficking Law on June 6, 2007. The law represents a multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary approach to fighting the effects of human trafficking. In 2016, these laws were strengthened and allowed for service providers to make direct referrals to the New York State Victims Referral Process that began after the 2007 law. This has led to a large increase in the amount of trafficking victims identified within the state.

These laws also authorize services to New York State confirmed human trafficking victims who are unable to obtain assistance (hereinafter “eligible participants”) elsewhere because of their lack of an eligible immigration status. The services provided include access to case management services; emergency temporary housing assistance; health care; mental health counseling; legal services; drug addiction screening and treatment; language interpretation and translation services; English language instruction; and job training and placement services. Through contracts with regional contractors as part of its Response to Human Trafficking Program, OTDA makes these services available to eligible participants and family members.

Service Strategy:

The Response to Human Trafficking Program (RHTP) services strategy consists of the following three components:

I. Community Education

The New York State Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking Report (2008) recommended that the State increase outreach efforts to identify persons who have been trafficked. This mirrors the findings in the Federal Strategic Action Plan for Victims of Human Trafficking, among others, that outreach and awareness are critical at the local level to dispel the myth that trafficking only happens in developing countries. To further this goal, this proposal invites applicants to propose community education activities intended to educate the public and train stakeholders to identify and assist trafficked persons. Each candidate must demonstrate that it has the expertise and organizational capacity to successfully train and/or provide outreach to their local and state law enforcement (i.e., precinct, sheriff’s office, troop or barrack), victim service and faith-based organizations, local medical providers, and other community services providers to develop, expand, or enhance services to victims of Human Trafficking. A Community Education plan must consider the needs of workers who have face-to-face contact with clients and services that need to be accessible where and when trafficked persons are identified. Information about trafficking can be incorporated into regular outreach activities or other programming so that people can learn about trafficking, including how to help those who might be trafficked. Applicants must include a detailed plan of how they will develop and deliver substantive training on human trafficking for those entities listed above. Basic training on trafficking indicators, cultural considerations, safety concerns, the needs of trafficking victims and the New York State confirmation process should be covered. OTDA retains the right to review and approve all training materials developed by the candidate prior to dissemination. Applicants are not required to include the Community Education Component as part of their proposals.

II. Task Force

A multidisciplinary anti-human trafficking Task Force is a collaborative effort among local law enforcement and victim service providers who together work to combat human trafficking and protect victims. Research shows that the most effective task forces are administered at a local level, where the participants have working knowledge of their communities and are able to regularly interact with each other. Please see Farrell & McDevitt, Understanding and Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Human Trafficking, Northeastern University Institute on Race and Justice (June 2008). In New York State, counties that currently have federally-funded Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Task Forces and these areas will not be eligible for Task Force development funds, unless they can demonstrate how their task force would not duplicate efforts already covered by the BJA award. Other regions have established human trafficking task forces and/or local domestic violence task forces or other collaborative efforts that could integrate human trafficking issues. OTDA expects Task Force activities to mirror successful human trafficking task forces in which local law enforcement and victim service efforts are partnered with federal and state investigative, enforcement, and regulatory agencies and resources in pursuit of the most comprehensive response to the crime and to victims. Success factors are elaborated in the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide produced by the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) . Essential to the successful T ask Force is a strategic, well-planned, and continuously fostered collaborative relationship among law enforcement, victim service providers, and other stakeholders. This requires an analysis of baseline knowledge among key stakeholders, an assessment of the specific nature of human trafficking in the area, and the establishment of a Task Force structure. Regularly scheduled meetings that focus on determining and addressing victim needs are also part of a successful Task Force effort, OTDA strongly encourages applicants to create or support such Task Forces where no BJA-funded Task Force currently exists; however, applicants are not required to include the Taskforce Development Component as part of their proposals.

III. Comprehensive Services

Once trafficked persons have been identified, service contractors must meet their immediate needs for safety and basic survival. As of January 20, 2016, referral to the New York State Victim Referral Process may be made by law enforcement or any established legal or social services providers. If the referral is subsequently confirmed by the State, funding for eligible victims may be available under the Response to Human Trafficking Program. Throughout this process, contractors inform participants of their rights and responsibilities, describe the roles of the various parties involved and assess needs. These needs range from emergency assistance, such as food and clothing, to longer-term needs, such as English language education, acculturation and job preparation. This RFP funds contractors to deliver direct services to eligible participants and provides reimbursement at specific stages of service delivery. Responders to the RFP will submit an estimate (the “rate per unit” in Section IX) of the anticipated costs associated with comprehensive services per eligible participant.

Each phase of service delivery requires the development of a case management plan and the assessment of whether the plan needs to be adapted. This allows for service delivery that is built upon objective presenting needs, input from the recipient, and adaptation to changing circumstances. The RHTP also acknowledges the wide diversity of participant needs, obtaining participant input, and the timeframe for their delivery. Applicants are required to include the Comprehensive Services Component in their proposals.

Service delivery currently operates in the following areas and OTDA expects successful applicants to provide:

1. Case Management:

The RHTP contractor must provide comprehensive case management to all eligible participants. Case management includes, but is not limited to: assessing the scope of needs, developing a plan of action to meet those needs, preparing a work plan which will include all the services provided by the RHTP contractor or by the agencies/organizations that the eligible participant will be referred to for these services, and a plan to interact with law enforcement as necessary. OTDA expects all contractors to be familiar with and incorporate trauma informed care principles into their case management efforts.

2. Shelter/Rental Assistance

Most human trafficking victims lack safe and secure housing, which is a crucial component of their recovery. Thus, the Contractor must demonstrate the experience and ability to provide safe and secure emergency temporary housing, and then, when appropriate, more stable long term housing and rental assistance to the eligible participants. Facilities providing shelter for trafficked persons and receiving funds under the Response to Human Trafficking Program must be operated in accordance with all applicable State and local laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances. Where shelter costs are reimbursable by the State through other avenues, shelter will not be covered by these funds.

3. Health Assessment

Human trafficking victims require a thorough medical screening as soon as possible after rescue. To provide this service, the RHTP contractor must demonstrate their relationship with a recognized medical provider that has experience and resources to identify communicable diseases of potential public health importance, and to identify personal health conditions that adversely impact recovery goals, such as job placement or school attendance. It is OTDA’s intent that the RHTP contractor will use the US Office of Refugee Resettlement-approved Health Screening protocol. However, justification may be provided to use another, comparable assessment tool.

4. Medical Care (including Prescriptions)

The RHTP contractor must demonstrate experience and ability in providing and/or facilitating necessary medical care and treatment services. The agency providing this service must be a New York State Department of Health-licensed health care provider. Reimbursable costs and services are limited to those that are allowable under Medicaid.

5. Mental Health Counseling

Human trafficking victims often present with mental health issues and are at risk of experiencing lifelong trauma due to physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse by the persons that trafficked them. Therefore, it is critical that these issues are addressed as soon as possible. The RHTP contractor must demonstrate experience and the ability to provide necessary mental health counseling, or have a relationship with a recognized medical provider that has experience and resources to provide mental health counseling. Various modalities such as group counseling, art therapy or other therapies will be considered.

6. Legal Services

The RHTP contractor must demonstrate experience and ability to provide immigration application and other legal services to assist the non-citizen victim and any of his/her family members to establish legal status in the United States. If the contractor partners with another organization to provide legal services, the contractor must document its experience and capacity to provide such services. Legal Services include legal intake, assessment, advice and counsel, immigration application and other legal services to assist the non-citizen human trafficking victim and any of his/her family members to establish legal status in the United States. OTDA expects contractors to comply with all applicable statutes, regulations and ethics opinions governing immigrant consultants and the authorized practice of law.

7. Food

The RHTP contractor must demonstrate experience and the ability to provide access to food and food preparation to assist the trafficked person. This category can include utensils and items needed in the kitchen to prepare food as well as pre-prepared foods or restaurant meals.

8. Other Identified Service Needs

The RHTP Contractor may suggest the need for any other specific services not listed, including, but not limited to: substance use disorder screening and treatment, interpretation and translation, English language training, employment preparation, clothing and transportation.

Eligible Participants:

Only proposals that serve eligible participants, as defined below, will be accepted for review. Proposals to serve ineligible participants will not be reviewed.

The focus of this RFP is on those adult foreign-born, State confirmed trafficked persons who, by virtue of the lack of an eligible immigration status are therefore not otherwise eligible for other benefits and/or services. The focus is on those who would otherwise have no access to needed services - those who have not yet been certified by the federal government and have been confirmed as a victim by OTDA and DCJS. Therefore, RHTP funds may be used only for services provided to and in support of confirmed victims who are otherwise ineligible for mainstream services and, where appropriate their families. Assistance to family members will be rendered within the proposed unit rate of the eligible participant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182614

Estimated Size of Grant:

The following chart provides information regarding the payment caps for the deliverables/outcomes that your agency will provide. These are the maximum rates per deliverable/outcome that OTDA will reimburse for services under this RFP. The maximum rates have been determined using historical data.

Maximum Rate:
-Community Education: $500
-Task Force Development: $1,500
-Comprehensive Services I – Assessment Phase: $3,600
-Comprehensive Services II - Interim Phase: $2,700
-Comprehensive Services III – Transition Phase: $2,700

Term of Contract:

This RFP governs the provision of funds for the anticipated three-year (36-month) contract term starting on April 1, 2018 and ending on March 31, 2021.

OTDA anticipates that there will be three budget periods within the contract term:
-Budget Period I: April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019
-Budget Period II: April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020
-Budget Period III: April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only proposals submitted by Eligible Grant Applicants, as defined below, will be accepted for review.

Eligible applicants include non-governmental organizations: nonprofit corporations, including charitable organizations incorporated, registered and in good standing with the Charities Bureau of the Attorney General in the State of New York; faith based organizations and educational institutions.

Eligible applicants must be located in and do business in New York State.

Proposals submitted by ineligible applicants will not be reviewed.

Prospective applicants who want to verify their status as a charitable organization should contact the Office of New York State Attorney General, Charities Bureau.

Those persons who are otherwise eligible for federal, State, or local benefits and services are not eligible participants under this program:

Participants not eligible for services under this program are listed below.
-United States citizens;
-Legal permanent residents;
-Aliens paroled into the US for at least one year;
-Aliens whose deportation or removal is being withheld by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under certain circumstances;
-Aliens granted conditional entry into the US (a status granted to refugees prior to 1980);
-Cuban/Haitian entrants;
-North American Indians born in Canada;
-Members of federally recognized tribes born outside of the US;
-Lawfully residing active duty service members or honorably discharged veterans, their lawfully residing spouses, surviving spouses, or unmarried children;
-Amerasian immigrants;
-Certain Hmong or Highland Laotians;
-Battered immigrant spouses or children, as defined in Section 1641(c) of Title 8 of the United States Code;
-Federally certified victims of human trafficking;
-T visa recipients and aliens granted “continued presence” status by USCIS; and
-Aliens “permanently residing under color of law” (PRUCOL).

Aliens “permanently residing under color of law” (PRUCOL) include the following:
-Aliens paroled into the US for less than one year;
-Aliens residing in the US pursuant to an Order of Supervision under Section 241(a)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA);
-Aliens granted cancellation of removal pursuant to Section 240A of the INA;
-Aliens granted “deferred action” status, deferring their departure from the US;
-Aliens granted K3, K4, S, or V visas under the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act (“Life Act”);
-Aliens granted deferred action interim U visa relief; and
-Aliens who demonstrate their entry into the US on or before January 1, 1972 and their continuous residence in the US since January 1, 1972 pursuant to Section 249 of the INA.
-Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status

Pre-proposal Conference:

Participation during the bidders’ telephone conference is voluntary. OTDA staff will entertain questions about the RFP and its process during the teleconference.

The conference is scheduled for 12/14/2017 at 2:00 PM EST.

Pre-Application Information:

New York State has instituted key reform initiatives to the grant contract process which require not- for-profits to register in the Grants Gateway and complete the Vendor Prequalification process in order for proposals to be evaluated.

Proposals received from nonprofit applicants that have not Registered and are not Prequalified in the Grants Gateway on the proposal due date of 2:00 PM on 1/19/2018 cannot be evaluated.

Prospective applicants may submit questions via fax, email or written correspondence to the individual and address below. Questions must be submitted no later than 12/21/2017.

OTDA will respond to questions by 12/29/2017. All questions and answers, and/or clarifications or modification to this RFP will be posted on OTDA’s website on the Contracts and Grants web page, located at:

Applications must be submitted electronically via Grants Gateway by 2:00 PM EST on 1/19/2018. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the electronic application submission process several days before the application due date to ensure the application is successfully accepted.

-Release Date of the Request for Proposals: 11/29/2017
-Bidder’s Conference Call: 12/14/2017
-Deadline for Written Questions: 12/21/2017
-Response to Questions: 12/29/2017
-Due Date and Time for Proposals: 1/19/2018 - 2:00 PM EST
-Anticipated Notification of Awards: 03/09/2018
-Anticipated Contract Start Date: 04/01/2018

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Conference Call-In Number: (866) 394-2346
Conference Code: 4300590625

Submit questions to:

Malgorzata Sekowska

New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
317 Lenox Ave, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10027

Fax: (212) 961-8262

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Grant Opportunity ID: TDA01-RHTP-2018

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USA: New York City;   New York