President Trump is awarding special grant money to organizations that benefit victims of human trafficking. Tonight at a White House event the Attorney General Bill Barr will make the announcement alongside Ivanka Trump. Various other administration officials will be attending and will be accompanied by survivors of human trafficking and the organizers who helped to serve them.
The aid money comes in the form of Housing Assistance Grants. They are provided by the Office for Victims of Crime with in the Justice Department’s Office of Justice. Funds will be mostly used for housing programs but can also help victims find a job, receive counseling or get occupational training. Victims are given a fresh opportunity at life.
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, combating human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad is critical work,”Ivanka Trump
The President’s daughter, Ivanka, has been a major advocate for victims of human trafficking. The White House has made the issue a top priority. Closing trafficking rings and arresting those responsible can leave victims hanging in limbo while they try to re-establish their lives. Programs like this can help give them time and opportunity to heal and recover as they get re-acquainted with normal daily life.
“My Administration is 100 percent committed to eradicating human trafficking from the earth,”President Trump – January 2020
President Trump signed an executive order in January that puts addition focus on human trafficking. The order boosted inter-agency cooperation and established a task force. The order included numerous changes and new programs designed to end human trafficking and punish those responsible.