Pathways to Freedom City Competition

The Challenge

Pathways to Freedom calls on cities to take urgent action to prevent human trafficking and address the unmet needs of survivors.  This third challenge of the Partnership for Freedom focuses on challenging assumptions, spurring innovative city-wide responses, and sharing local solutions.  Humanity United and the NoVo Foundation lead the Pathways to Freedom City Competition in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities. 100RC – pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation – is a program dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

Please refer to the Official Rules for additional information on the City Competition.

The City Competition

Through the City Competition, eligible U.S. cities will compete for funding to develop innovative, citywide responses to both sex and labor trafficking.  The Partnership for Freedom (PFF) will fund a Senior Fellow to address sex and labor trafficking for two years in up to three winning cities.  The selected winning cities will receive:

  • Financial support for a Senior Fellow for two years to strengthen anti-trafficking policies and practices. The Senior Fellow will serve in the municipal government as a direct report/senior level advisor to the highest-ranking representative of the city government, whether elected or appointed (typically, the mayor, city chief executive officer, or city manager) (Chief Executive) or within two reporting lines of the Chief Executive (i.e. a direct report to a direct report of the Chief Executive).
  • In-kind support for the development of a city-wide policy Blueprint on human trafficking, to be created under the guidance of the Senior Fellow in his/her first year, and implemented in his/her second year.
  • Technical assistance to the Senior Fellow from anti-trafficking organizations and networking assistance to the Senior Fellow with senior fellows in the other winning cities.

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants are the twentyfour U.S. cities participating in the 100RC program. Check out the list of 100RC member cities here.

Thinking about applying? Read the City Competition background brief first.

For additional information on the City Competition refer to the Official Rules.

IMPORTANT DATES

October 20th(11:59pm PT): Application Deadline
October 23 – November 3rd: Finalist Interviews
November 13 – 17th: Winners Notified
December 20th: City Grant Agreements Signing Deadline

How to Apply

 

 

To enter the City Competition:

  1. Each Applicant must be a municipal government within the United States that is a member of 100RC as of the date the Application is submitted.  Only one application per city will be eligible for consideration in the City Competition; if multiple applications are received, only the first application received will be considered.
  2. Each Applicant must submit a completed Application, which includes thorough answers to all questions, signed by an authorized representative of the city.  The authorized representative must sign the Application in the editable PDF by typing his or her first and last name and title and checking the box. The Application, with all supplementary materials, should be submitted as a PDF to apply@partnershipforfreedom.org with the subject line “Challenge 3 Application – [City Name]” no later than 11:59pm PT on October 20, 2017; Applications received after 11:59pm PT on October 20, 2017 will not be eligible or reviewed and will not be returned
  3. Each Applicant must submit the following supplementary materials with the Application as part of the email sent to apply@partnershipforfreedom.org with the subject line “Challenge 3 Application – [City Name]”:
    • A letter of support from the Chief Executive.  This letter must: (i) clearly state that the Chief Executive agrees with the answers to the Application questions, (ii) indicate a commitment to providing the necessary support if the city is selected as a Pathways to Freedom City Competition winner, and (iii) briefly detail the city’s capacity and willingness to adopt and implement a citywide strategy on trafficking.  If a winning city’s Chief Executive is replaced before or during the term of the Grant Agreement, PFF will require the city’s new Chief Executive to submit a similar letter of support.
    • A letter of support from the official in charge of the proposed city agency most likely to host the Senior Fellow, if the Senior Fellow will reside in a city agency and not report directly to the Chief Executive.
    • Two letters of support from local nonprofit organizations or community groups operating in the city expressing willingness to partner with the future Senior Fellow, if the city is selected as a winner.
    • An organizational chart for the city highlighting the proposed placement of the Senior Fellow and the 2017 pay scale for city employees.
  4. Each Applicant also must:
    • Coordinate with the city’s 100RC Chief Resiliency Officer (“CRO”) to ensure that the application, where possible, is consistent with or compliments the vision and goals of the City’s Resilience Strategy. The CRO must acknowledge submission of the Application by the checking the box in the Application. Please note that applications are not limited to the Chief Resiliency Office, and can come from any city government agency, but must be made with the support and acknowledgment of the CRO;
    • Provide any additional material and references in support of the Application that may be requested by PFF, all of which will be considered part of the Application;
    • Designate in the Application a primary point of contact (“Lead”); and
    • Comply with the Official Rules.

If selected as a Finalist, an Applicant must:

  • Be available by email, telephone, video or inperson interviews with PFF during the week of October 23 – November 3rd.

 

Have Questions? Email info@partnershipforfreedom.org

Selection Process

A panel of expert evaluators from within Humanity United and NoVo Foundation with experience in the fields of anti-trafficking, human rights, victims’ rights, and/or philanthropy will review all timely received applications and select up to five finalist cities based on the Competition Criteria set out in the application. Each finalist will be interviewed and must be available by email, telephone, video or in-person interviews with PFF during the week of October 23 – November 3, 2017.

PFF will select up to three winning cities from the finalists based on interviews and Competition Criteria.

If chosen as a winner, the city must enter into a Grant Agreement no later than December 20, 2017.  The Grant Agreement will include the terms for the Pathways to Freedom grant award as described in the Official Rules.

Following consultation with PFF, each winning city will select and hire a Senior Fellow to work across city government and with external stakeholders.

 

U.S. Cities Within the 100 Resilient Cities Network

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Berkeley, California
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Miami, Florida
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New York, New York
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Oakland, California
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • El Paso, Texas
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

About Pathways to Freedom

Pathways to Freedom calls on cities to take urgent action to prevent human trafficking and address the unmet needs of survivors. This third challenge of the Partnership for Freedom focuses on challenging assumptions, spurring innovative city-wide responses, and sharing local solutions. Humanity United and the NoVo Foundation lead this final challenge in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities.

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