Seattle – U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran announced Thursday, March 19 that more than $65 million in Department of Justice grants is available to help communities combat human trafficking and serve adults and children who are victimized in trafficking operations.
“During this unprecedented time of anxiety and fear over COVID-19, it is critical that work continue to assist the vulnerable in our nation, especially the victims of human trafficking – modern day slavery,” Moran said. “I want our partners in this work to be able to apply for this federal financial assistance, something that can happen even as we face the pressing need to combat the spread of the virus.”
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Katharine T. Sullivan believes human trafficking is one of the most difficult and pressing challenges the nation currently faces.
“Human traffickers pose a dire threat to public safety and countering this threat remains one of the administration’s top domestic priorities,” Sullivan said. “The Department of Justice is front and center in the fight against this insidious crime. OJP is making historic amounts of grant funding available to ensure that our communities have access to innovative and diverse solutions.”
Funding is available through OJP, the federal government’s leading source of public safety funding and crime victim assistance in state, local and tribal jurisdictions. OJP’s programs support a wide array of activities and services, including programs that support human trafficking task forces and services for human trafficking survivors.
A number of funding opportunities are currently open, with several more opening in the near future.
Visit https://www.ojp.gov/funding/explore/current-funding-opportunities for more information.