Skip to comments.Department of Justice Awards Over $35 Million to Provide Housing to Victims of Human Trafficking
Posted on 08/04/2020 4:12:20 PM PDT by ransomnote
Today, Attorney General William P. Barr and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump announced that the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), has awarded $35,104,338 in grant funding to provide safe, stable housing and appropriate services to victims of human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is a barbaric criminal enterprise that subjects its victims to unspeakable cruelty and deprives them of the most basic of human needs, none more essential than a safe place to live,” said Attorney General Barr. “Throughout this Administration, the Department of Justice has fought aggressively to bring human traffickers to justice and to deliver critical aid to trafficking survivors. These new resources, announced today, expand on our efforts to offer those who have suffered the shelter and support they need to begin a new and better life.”
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, combating human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad is critical work. DOJ’s grant recipients are on the frontlines of this fight, ensuring that survivors across our country are afforded safe and stable housing and empowered with the support and resources they need to rebuild their lives,” said Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump. “I am incredibly honored to join Attorney General Barr to highlight these organizations and their tireless and vital work.”
The grants will go to 73 organizations to provide six to 24 months of transitional or short-term housing assistance for trafficking victims, including rental, utilities or related expenses, such as security deposits and relocation costs. The grants will also provide funding for support needed to help victims locate permanent housing, secure employment, as well as occupational training and counseling.
“Human traffickers dangle the threat of homelessness over those they have entrapped, playing a ruthless game of psychological manipulation that victims are never in a position to win,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “These grants will empower survivors on their path to independence and a life of self-sufficiency and hope.”
OVC works to enhance the nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies and practices in ways that will promote justice and healing for all victims. OVC strives to uphold the intent of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent authorizations to ensure that all trafficking victims receive support in accessing the services they need.
OVC provides grant funding and training and technical assistance in an effort to develop, expand and strengthen programs for victims of human trafficking. In 2018, OVC hosted listening sessions and roundtable discussions with stakeholders in the field and launched the Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center. From July 2018 through June 2019, 118 OVC human trafficking grantees reported serving 8,375 total clients including confirmed trafficking victims and individuals showing strong indicators of trafficking victimization.
Human trafficking offenses are among the most difficult crimes to identify, and the scope of human trafficking victimization may be much greater than the limited data reflect. A new report issued by the Department’s National Institute of Justice found that the number of human trafficking cases captured in police reports may represent only a fraction of all such cases. Expanding housing and other services to trafficking victims remains a top Justice Department priority.
For a complete list of individual award amounts and jurisdictions that will receive funding, please visit: https://www.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh241/files/media/document/htvictimsfactheet.pdf.
The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan, provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal and juvenile justice systems. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.
Bag coyotes and pimps and sweatshop owners and take THEIR money. It’s big business so make the business owners pay.
I don’t mean to sound heartless but what about sending a bunch of them home? These people did have homes and families at one point, right? Is this assuming that they cannot under any circumstances go home? Not to a bad home, of course.
This smacks of being another industry to me.
This will be good news for Jacksonville. Its either the worst or one of the worst cities in the US as far as human trafficking is concerned.
Winning issue for Trump with Woman.
Lots of runaways and many from foster care (could be both) end up as victims of trafficking. They have no where to go.
Average of $2 million each location. Maybe they can do some good with all that unaccounted-for cash.
Runaways have homes. That’s what I mean.
I don’t like this. I am a former health professional. These people have largely been very damaged and many will need a lot of support. I just don’t see it happening in this way. None of this is strong enough in terms of support. IMO this is wrongheaded application of $$.
Years ago, a USAR CW4 SIGINT officer friend of mine, (who had also worked near 24 years in a special joint trafficking unit from Phoenix, which spread into the Tuscan sector, and all the way to El Paso, TX), regularly spoke of finding structures full of young and very young American children (girls and boys being), being smuggled out of the U.S.
The mass media and press kept a continuous hard lid in place, when children were found... often in large numbers, and always very bad shape, or dead.
The original task force was hit hard and challenged under Clinton, bounced back under Bush 43, and wiped out under BHO.
Painful to think of how many have suffered since then!
The HUMANE thing to do like slaves of the past is REPATRIATION. We are living the nightmare of not doing the correct thing after the Civil War.
Many have been addicted to drugs (by their captors), and completely dehumanized.
They require lots of counseling.
Sometimes the home they ran away from is NOT a good situation (GOK what they may have ran from) and not an option to return to.
I watched this meeting, today, w/AG Barr and Ivanka and many very brave victims, as well as counselors. It was heartwrenching.
God bless and keep these women/people who have escaped this hell on Earth.
That’s my point. I’m not comparing them to animals but many have been horribly brutalized and dehumanized. When an abused or abandoned animal is brought to a good shelter, it is given medication and food and kept until it has a caring home.
Also, in the same way as efforts were made after the Holocaust to reunite people with their families, so here if there are reasonable intact families effort should be made to reunite them and given the trafficked ones counseling from there. Or maybe there are others who can take them in, providing they are thoroughly vetted. Setting them up with jobs and apartments is only very superficial in the face of what they have experienced.
Yes, you just compared these victims of human trafficing to animals.
I’m done attempting to explain a very tragic and, in most cases fragile situation to you.
Your compasion filter appears to be missing.
I have a lot of respect for animals. Animals experience pain and have feelings and are not happy having their freedom taken away although they are not human.
You are not in a place to explain anything to me and I don’t know where you get the idea that you need to; you don’t know who I am, what my background is, or what I have done in life. You are very disrespectful and make a lot of unwarranted assumptions.
This stuff needs to ended.
The hatred of children, and all involved in traficking need to be ended.
Because that sort of action would also alienate a lot of Conservatives - sometimes the humane way is really the best way...most of them are like pre-abort babies - they didn’t do anything to deserve what befell them.
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