As part of its passionate focus on combatting human trafficking, the Trump administration announced a massive funding operation on Monday which will support services and programs taking on the huge issue which they describe a modern-day slavery.
Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump sitting alongside Attorney General William Barr announced over $100 million in grants during a roundtable discussion in Atlanta, Georgia.
The funding will be dispersed among state, local, and tribal jurisdictions along with victim service providers and task forces throughout the country who look to use the money to support key research initiatives on human trafficking.
“I’m very proud that these resources are going to help law enforcement officers and victim services providers hold perpetrators accountable and give the victims of these crimes a place to turn for refuge and support,” Barr said during the roundtable.
The organizations and programs that are sharing the funding include ones that provide training and educational opportunities for victims, housing assistance, prevention and intervention services, and well as to law enforcement programs that identify victims and provide them with justice through the investigation and prosecution of their traffickers.
“It’s the administration’s largest-ever investment in Department of Justice grants to combat the scourge of human trafficking, arguably the greatest of human rights violations,” Ivanka Trump said.
This announcement follows up on an August event where the DOJ announced more than $35 million in housing grants would be issues to provide safe and stable housing to human trafficking survivors.
President Trump has made the fight against human trafficking a top priority of his administration, perhaps more-so than any other in history, but the mainstream media chooses not to cover these impressive efforts.
He signed an executive order in January aimed at eliminating human trafficking and online child exploitation in the United States. The order requires resources to be directed into areas that would result in the prosecution of offenders, assist victims, and expand prevention education programs about the issue.
The president also signed nine pieces of legislation into law to help target human trafficking during his tenure.
About 24.9 million people around the world and in the United States, both adults and children, are trapped in some form of human trafficking, according to the White House. About 1 in 800 people in the United States are living in “modern slavery,” according to 2018 data by the Walk Free Foundation.
The phrase is a broad term used to describe victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation or servitude, and forced marriages, among numerous other abuses.
The president’s efforts to combat this evil crime are certainly paying dividends.
The U.S. Marshals Service recently announced rescue efforts of missing children and arrests linked to human trafficking in Georgia and Ohio.
In late August, the agency said they had found 39 missing children in Georgia as part of an endangered and missing children mission called “Operation Not Forgotten.”
Law enforcement officials rescued 26 children, safely located 13 other missing children in person, and arrested nine people as part of a two-week operation in August in the cities of Atlanta and Macon in Georgia. The individuals were accused of offenses such as sex trafficking, parental kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, drugs and weapons possession.
More recently, the U.S. Marshals Service announced that 35 children had been rescued in northeastern Ohio as part of “Operation Safety Net.” Officials said on Monday that the recovered children were between the ages of 13 and 18, and were considered missing or endangered. About 20 percent of those cases were tied to human trafficking, and were referred to a separate task force.