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The Boston Area Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $250,000)

Under this award, the city of Boston will 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 Boston, through the city police department, will use the grant funds to support the Boston Area Anti-Trafficking Task Force, which is comprised of law enforcement and service providers and focuses on both international and domestic human trafficking issues. The task force goals are to increase awareness and identification of trafficking victims, provide comprehensive services, and bring offenders to justice through a coordinated and collaborative approach. The task force will refine and enhance a comprehensive and coordinated strategy among law enforcement and service providers; and enhance community outreach and trainings for law enforcement, community-based organizations, and others to increase the identification of trafficking victims. The task force will also provide continued comprehensive and coordinated services for victims, and conduct law enforcement investigations that lead to the successful prosecution of offenders. Grant funds will pay for personnel costs, travel, and contract project managers.


Date Created: September 8, 2008