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Admin: $35M to Aid Trafficking Victims 08/04 06:22


   WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is awarding more than $35 
million in Justice Department grants to organizations that provide safe housing 
for survivors of human trafficking.

   The grants are being announced Tuesday at a White House event attended by 
Attorney General William Barr, presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, other 
administration officials, survivors of human trafficking and organizations that 
serve them.

   The $35 million in Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human 
Trafficking is being 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.

   The grants 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, including to pay rent, utilities or related expenses, such as a 
security deposit, the White House said.

   The money can also be used to help victims find permanent housing, get a job 
and receive occupational training and counseling.

   Ivanka Trump, a daughter of President Donald Trump, said the coronavirus 
pandemic has made safe and supportive housing for survivors more important than 
ever. She said many survivors had to live with their traffickers during 
stay-at-home orders around the country.

   "The administration has heard these concerns and is responding by awarding 
leading nonprofit organizations the necessary funding to ensure that survivors 
have a stable place to live," Ivanka Trump said in a statement.

   Among organizations sharing the grants are Camillus House Inc. in Miami, 
Alternatives for Girls in Detroit and the Jordan Community Resource Center in 
Shaker Heights, Ohio.

   President Trump has sought to elevate human trafficking since taking office. 
In January, he appointed a special adviser for the issue.

   His daughter has also made human trafficking one of her issue areas.

   During a trip to Atlanta in January to visit nonprofit groups that help 
victims, Ivanka Trump compared trafficking to "modern-day slavery" and said the 
White House is committed to ending it.

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