DOJ announces $35 million in grants to support human trafficking victims

by Laura Mize · Aug 5th, 2020 10:08 am

Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 3:41 pm

The White House and the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that it is providing $35 million in grants to organizations in 33 states to help victims of human trafficking obtain housing, find jobs, and receive counseling.

The money will go to 73 different organizations.

Ivanka Trump, President Trump's daughter, said in the announcement that the grants are a response by the Trump administration to reports that stay-at-home orders issued to help combat the coronavirus have forced some victims to live with the people who traffic them.

"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," Trump said.

Trump has been active in supporting human trafficking victims in other ways, including a January visit to organizations in Atlanta that serve them. At the time of those visits, Trump called human trafficking "modern-day slavery."

? President Trump appointed a special adviser on issues involving human trafficking earlier this year.


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