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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2003 at 9:30 a.m.                                                                                    202/307-0703

 

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT GRANTS TO HELP VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Justice Department announced a nationwide federal effort to help victims of human trafficking. The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) recently awarded 12 grants totaling more than $9.5 million under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act Grant Program.

 

  An estimated 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the United States from other countries each year.  Most of these victims are forced into the sex trade.  

 

“Trafficking victims are often poor and disadvantaged, and do not have access to traditional forms of assistance,” said OVC Director John W. Gillis.  “We will work with our grantees to ensure that these victims are no longer ignored and receive the help they need.”

 

Trafficking victims may also be forced into domestic servitude, prison-type factory labor or migrant agricultural work. 

 

Eight of the grants will support comprehensive services to trafficking victims in a specific state or region. These services will include:

 

·                      emergency medical attention;

·                      food and shelter;

·                      vocational and English language training;

·                      mental health counseling; and

·                      legal support.

 

The grantees will also educate local victim service providers on the needs of trafficking victims and develop training materials that can be used nationally. 

 

Three of the grants will support specialized services to trafficking victims in larger multi-state areas. The Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights will provide legal and social services to trafficking victims in eight Midwestern states.  The Massachusetts Mental Health Institute Trauma Center will offer psychological assessments and crisis treatment to victims in 15 East Coast states and the District of Columbia.  The Salvation Army will establish at least 29 programs nationwide to house and support sex trafficking victims.

 

OVC also awarded a grant to Safe Horizon, Inc., which will develop and deliver training and technical assistance to the other grantees.  Last year OJP’s National Institute of Justice, with funding from OVC, awarded a grant to Caliber Associates to conduct an evaluation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act Grant Program.

 

A list of the grantees is attached. More information on the Trafficking Victims Protection Act Grant Program, as well as information about other OVC programs, publications and conferences, are available through the OJP Website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc and from the OVC Resource Center at 1-800/627-6872.

 

Media should contact OJP’s Office of Communications at 202/307-0703. 

 

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   TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION ACT GRANT PROGRAM

 

Comprehensive Services

 

 

STATE

 

CITY

 

GRANTEE

 

AMOUNT

 

CONTACT

 

PHONE NUMBER

 

California

 

Los Angeles

 

Little Tokyo Service Center

 

$ 583,697

 

Deborah Ching

 

213/637-5692

 

California

 

San Francisco

 

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach

 

$ 532,230

 

Dean Ito Taylor

 

415/567-6255

 

Illinois

 

Chicago

 

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights

 

$ 673,568

 

Joseph Antolin

 

312/660-1341

 

New York*

 

New York

 

International Rescue Committee

 

$ 935,285

 

Jane Kim

 

212/551-2724

 

New York**

 

New York

 

International Rescue Committee

 

$1,731,660

 

Jane Kim

 

212/551-2724

 

Texas

 

Dallas

 

East Dallas Counseling Center, Inc.

 

$ 799,586

 

Dr. Walter H. Nguyen

 

214/821-5393

 

Texas

 

Houston

 

YMCA International Services

 

$ 529,927

 

Jeff Watkins

 

713/339-9015

 

Virginia

 

Falls Church

 

Boat People, S.O.S.

 

$1,896,535

 

Nguyen Dinh Thang

 

703/538-2190

 

 

 

*Grantee will use funds to provide services for trafficking victims in Arizona.

 

**Grantee will use funds to provide services for trafficking victims in Florida.

 


   TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION ACT GRANT PROGRAM

 

Supplemental/Specialized Services

 

 

STATE

 

CITY

 

GRANTEE

 

AMOUNT

 

CONTACT

 

PHONE NUMBER

 

Illinois

 

Chicago

 

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights

 

$ 490,829

 

Joseph Antolin

 

312/660-1341

 

Massachusetts

 

Boston

 

Massachusetts Mental Health Institute Trauma Center

 

$ 859,987

 

Jose Hidalgo

 

617/413-1552

 

Virginia

 

Alexandria

 

Salvation Army National Corporation

 

$ 282,846

 

Lisa Thompson

 

703/519-5896

 

 

  Training and Technical Assistance

 

 

New York

 

New York

 

Safe Horizon, Inc.

 

$ 200,000

 

Nancy Arnow

 

212/577-3898

 

 

  TOTAL                                  $9,516,150