On Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr and Ivanka Trump announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is providing over $35 million in housing and services to human trafficking victims.
“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,” said a statement that was released on August 4th.
Grants for Victims
“Human trafficking is believed to be one of the largest-scale crimes in the world, with 24.9 million people trapped by human traffickers”https://t.co/YRgObO9WPa
— Tammi Mathis (@Preciousmyheart) August 4, 2020
The grants will go to 73 organizations. It aims to provide between six months and two years of transitional housing assistance for the victims, Fox News reported. The grants will also provide funding to help victims locate permanent housing, secure employment, and occupational training and counseling.
“Human trafficking is a barbaric criminal enterprise that subjects its victims to unspeakable cruelty,” said Attorney General Barr. It “deprives them of the most basic of human needs,” he also mentioned. Barr then emphasized that none is “more essential than a safe place to live.”
“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,” he added.
Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump, also commented about human trafficking and the pandemic. She said that during 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.”
Human trafficking “is believed to be one of the largest-scale crimes in the world,” Fox News explained. Around 24.9 million people are “trapped by human traffickers,” it also said. It is believed that these traffickers “make more than $150 billion in annual profit for the industry.”