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New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $215,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The New Mexico Attorney General, through the Border Violence Division (BVD), will create a special agent position assigned to the BVD to investigate human trafficking cases; provide expertise, technical support, and coordinate investigations with collaborative partners; develop information and intelligence in support of Intelligence Led Policing concepts; and assist with statewide trainings. In an effort to prevent and combat human trafficking, the BVD will provide direct assistance to local, state, and federal law enforcement and prosecutors addressing reports of human trafficking. The project goal is to continue the development of a proactive law enforcement investigative capability for human trafficking.


Date Created: September 7, 2010