The White House is set to give more than $35 million assistance to human trafficking survivors as announced Tuesday.
Today the @JusticeDept and I are announcing $35M to 73 organizations in 33 states to provide safe + stable housing to human trafficking survivors.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 4, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has made safe & supportive housing for survivors more important than ever. https://t.co/zK89vMUs5V
At an event attended by Attorney General William Barr, presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, other administration officials, survivors of human trafficking and organizations that serve them, Trump government laid out grants to provide safe housing for survivors of human trafficking that can help victims find permanent housing, get a job and receive occupational training and counseling. As reported by the Associated Press, the aid will be shared by 73 organizations in 33 states to provide anywhere from six to 24 months of transitional or short-term housing assistance to survivors. Some groups identified to receive the grant are the Camillus House in Miami, Jordan Community Resource Center in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Alternatives for Girls in Detroit. The funding will be provided by the Office for Victims of Crime within the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs to provide housing and services to human trafficking survivors.
Presidential adviser and daughter of President Trump, Ivanka Trump said that this grant is the administration’s way to respond to the concerns raised on issues regarding human trafficking. She added that this pandemic had pushed many survivors to live with their traffickers during the stay-at-home orders around the country. She acknowledged the role of the non-profit organizations that will benefit from this funding as it continues to give a stable and safe place for these survivors.
The Republican President considers human trafficking as modern-day slavery as it affects the country’s communities, threatens national security, and fuels criminal activity. This moved him in late January to sign an Administrative Order to fight human trafficking and online child exploitation in the United States.