Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $170,000)
Under this award, the City of Los Angeles 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, 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 Los Angeles Metropolitan Task Force on Human Trafficking (LAMTF-HT), under the leadership of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will use the 2010 Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative funds to support personnel, training, travel, and supplies. Specifically, the grant funds will allow LAPD, in partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office, to continue to work collaboratively with federal agencies, and victim and social service organizations in the identification of victims and the conviction of persons engaged in human trafficking. LAMTF-HT will utilize proactive law enforcement tactics and interdict those situations in which there is forced prostitution, indentured servitude, peonage or other forms of forced labor. The project goals are to: increase the identification and rescue of victims of human trafficking; increase the prosecution of trafficking cases; provide human trafficking training to law enforcement officers to ensure they are better able to identify trafficking situations; and, conduct trafficking awareness sessions for community members in effort to heighten the awareness of human trafficking and its victims in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.