The Department of Justice announced that it will provide $100 million to combat human trafficking in the United States. The announcement was made at a press conference on Sept. 22, attended by Ivanka Trump, U.S. Attorney General William Barr and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.
As reported by Neon Nettle, to unify efforts between public and private actors, Barr joined the anti-trafficking foundation led by Tebow.
White House counsel Ivanka Trump organized a meeting between the various parties in Atlanta on Monday to coordinate efforts and organize policy action together.
During the meeting, Tebow, the government’s choice to announce the grant of $100 million to cooperate with policies to combat trafficking networks. Through his foundation, Tebow works with organizations around the world to prevent human trafficking and help survivors recover and reintegrate.
“Human traffickers remain a dire threat to human rights across the globe and their actions pose a serious danger to public safety right here in our own country,” said Barr, as reported by the Department of Justice.
Barr continued, “I’m proud that these resources will help our law enforcement officers and victim service providers hold perpetrators accountable and give victims of these abominable crimes a place to turn for refuge and support.”
The grants awarded are intended to improve the quality and quantity of services available to victim-survivors of human trafficking, as well as for the prevention of this type of crime. Specific programs that are funded include:
- Plans aimed at improving the quality and quantity of services available to victims of all forms of trafficking.
- Integrated services program for minor victims of human trafficking, aimed at providing high quality services that are developmentally appropriate and tailored to the needs of children and adolescents.
- Integration of statewide human trafficking policy and programming and enhancement of coordinated, multidisciplinary, statewide approaches to serving trafficked youth.
- Efficient technical assistance and training to improve services to victims of labor trafficking throughout the country.
Following the effort against child trafficking in recent months, 39 children were rescued during a major child sex-trafficking operation in Georgia in August, with multiple arrests made in various proceedings.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Marshals Service also rescued another 25 children from different trafficking groups during separate operations in Ohio.
Similar operations are being conducted in other states in joint efforts between federal and state forces, on the premise that the missing children may have been victims of sex trafficking.
The issue of human trafficking, especially that related to child exploitation, is of great concern worldwide and the United States is not exempt from this problem.
In recent months, much progress has been made in investigations and the rescue of children who were being exploited. And the recent announcement, which made official the delivery of $100 million to combat these aberrant crimes, shows a clear interest on the part of the Trump administration in combating the problem.