Trump administration awarding $35M in housing grants to human trafficking survivors

Trump administration awarding $35M in housing grants to human trafficking survivors
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The Trump administration on Tuesday announced that it will distribute more than $35 million in grants to human trafficking survivors.

Attorney General William Barr, presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, and other officials will announce details during an afternoon roundtable event about the Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking, according to The Associated Press.

The grants will be provided by the Office for Victims of Crime, a branch within the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs.


Victims receiving the grants will be able to use the funds to receive counseling, find permanent housing, or receive job training.

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"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," she said in a statement.

Seventy-three organizations across 33 different states will share grants. Some groups receiving aid are the Camillus House in Miami, Jordan Community Resource Center in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Alternatives for Girls in Detroit, the AP reported.

Ivanka Trump said that the organizations receiving the Justice Department's grants "are on the frontlines of this fight," adding that they ensure "survivors across our country are afforded safe and stable housing and empowered with the support and resources they need to rebuild their lives."

Survivors and executives of human trafficking resources will be in attendance to highlight the impacts the funding will have on efforts to end trafficking in the United States.

In late January, President Trump announced he would sign an executive order combating human trafficking, underscoring goals such as assisting victims, prosecuting offenders and improving education on the matter to prevent future trafficking schemes.