Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $170,000)
Under this award, the City of Milwaukee 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 Office for Victims of Crime Human Trafficking Services provider to identify and rescue victims of human trafficking, proactively investigate human trafficking cases, 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 Milwaukee Police Department will use the 2010 Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative funds to support personnel for the Milwaukee Area Human Trafficking Task Force (Task Force). Specifically, grant funds will support two full-time investigators assigned to the Human Trafficking Unit. They will be responsible for the identification, investigation, and coordination of human trafficking cases. These investigators will be members of the Milwaukee Area Human Trafficking Task Force, which is comprised of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations, Heart Land Alliance, Practical Strategies, and Milwaukee Rescue and Restore Coalition. The goals of the project are to: build intelligence capabilities regarding instances of human trafficking, coordinate investigative and prosecutorial efforts, and provide immediate and long-term services to victims.