Trump administration giving $35 million to aid human trafficking survivors

Joanna Estrada
August 6, 2020

According to the report, the grants would provide between six and 24 months of assistance for victims of human trafficking, and also help those victims find permanent housing and employment.

The $35 million in Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking is being provided by the Office for Victims of Crime within the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs.

His daughter has also made human trafficking one of her issue areas.

Doors to Freedom is among 73 organizations receiving more than $35 million in OVC grants to support housing services for human trafficking survivors.

One official spoke to reporters about how Covid-19 lockdowns made it more hard for victims to escape their traffickers and find shelter.

"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 Katharine T. Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for OJP Principal.

"We're still in the data-gathering stage with our federal agencies, but the anecdotal stories that we're hearing are horrific", they said.

Ivanka Trump hugs Bella Hounakey, a survivor of human trafficking, alongside President Donald Trump during the "White House Summit on Human Trafficking: The 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000" event in the East Room of the White House on January 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Over 70 percent of victims of human trafficking who contacted the national trafficking hotline were born in the United States, the official noted.

Access to safe and stable housing is a "crucial step in the recovery process" for trafficking victims, Martin said.

Alaska Housing Finance Corp. and Covenant House Alaska will each receive $500,000 to provide housing and services for trafficking survivors, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage.

"The administration has heard these concerns and is responding by awarding leading nonprofit organizations the necessary funding to ensure that survivors have a stable place to live", Ivanka Trump said in a statement.

President Trump appointed a special adviser for the issue earlier this year.

In January, Ivanka Trump announced that the president would be proposing a $42 million budget increase for 2021 to support victims and efforts to prosecute criminals who take part in human trafficking.

"I signed nine pieces of legislation into law that directly prevent human trafficking, and we're just getting started", President Trump said in January.

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