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$310,000 grant to fight human trafficking

U.S. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-25th, announced a $310,000 Department of Justice grant for the Worker Justice Center of New York Inc., which provides specialized legal services for survivors of human trafficking in agriculture, according to a release.

The funding was authorized by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, a law co-authored by Slaughter that was the first comprehensive federal law to address human trafficking, focusing on prevention, protection and prosecution.

“We may not want to think that human trafficking happens in our community, but it does, and it is our constitutional obligation to stop it and provide aid to those who have endured it,” Slaughter said in a release.

The grant was one of several projects nationwide funded under the DOJ’s Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Grant Program, which enhances the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking. In addition, the program will increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking survivors through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.