Omaha Nonprofit Earns DOJ Human Trafficking Grant

By 
Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

The Women’s Center for Advancement will receive $925,000 over three years from a U.S. Department of Justice grant to combat human trafficking and provide services to trafficking victims.

The award was part of over $100 million in funding awarded through the Office of Justice Programs earlier this month.

“Human traffickers remain a dire threat to human rights across the globe and their actions pose a serious danger to public safety right here in our own country,” U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr said in a news release. “I’m proud that these resources will help our law enforcement officers and victim service providers hold perpetrators accountable and give victims of these abominable crimes a place to turn for refuge and support.”

About $80 million was awarded under five Office for Victims of Crime grant programs. Another $20 million was awarded by OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Justice and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to jurisdictions, service providers and task forces across the country.

“The fight against human trafficking is never ending, and it is our front-line law enforcement officers and an army of compassionate service providers who are leading the charge,” said Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “The Attorney General has made it clear that the Department of Justice will use every means at its disposal to bring traffickers to justice and serve trafficking victims. We are proud to support his vision of a nation, and a world, free of the scourge of human trafficking.”

The WCA in Omaha received support through the Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking program, which allocated nearly $53 million to 77 organizations to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to victims of all forms of trafficking, according to the Department of Justice.

For more information on OJP and its programs, visit ojp.gov.

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