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Lee County Human Trafficking Initiative

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $170,000)

Under this award, the Lee County Sheriff's Office will further enhance and operate a victim centered human trafficking task force in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney's Office, federal law enforcement, and their human trafficking services provider to identify and rescue victims of human trafficking and to proactively investigate human trafficking and prosecute traffickers. The primary goal of this program is to identify and rescue foreign 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 Lee County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) will use the 2010 Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative funds to support the enhancement and operation of the Lee County Human Trafficking Task Force (Task Force). The primary intent of the Task Force is the identification and rescue of foreign victims through proactive investigation. Specifically, the grant funds will support the LCSO investigative personnel who work proactively with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the investigation and prosecution of Lee County human trafficking cases. Also, the development of a county-wide protocol related to human trafficking cases and the establishment of a Forensic Interview Team to assist task force investigations and federal human trafficking prosecutions is expected to further increase the initiative's overall effectiveness.


Date Created: September 15, 2010