Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $136,838)
Under this award, the city of Milwaukee will further develop and operate a victim-centered human trafficking task force in conjunction with the U. S. Attorney's Office, federal law enforcement, and the Office for Victims of Crime Human Trafficking Services. The primary goal of this program is to identify and rescue victims of trafficking through a victim-centered, proactive investigation strategy. The secondary goal is the interdiction of trafficking and the successful prosecution of traffickers.
The city of Milwaukee, through the Milwaukee Police Department, will use the grant funds to increase the number of human trafficking victims rescued and traffickers prosecuted. The program goals are to: increase the identification of victims of trafficking through the Milwaukee Area Human Trafficking Task Force's proactive law enforcement efforts; assist victims with applications for T visas; assist in facilitating the development of service protocols by developing and implementing training in the identification of victims of human trafficking; conduct a strategy that will support a strong law enforcement role in public awareness and outreach to the community; and identify and collaborate with community stakeholders in an effort to eliminate human trafficking.