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Contiuation of a multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional, victim centered task force with the emphasis on the identification and rescue of foreign born victims of human trafficking.

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

Under this award, the City of St. Paul 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 City of St. Paul will use the 2010 Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative funds to support personnel, overtime, training, travel, and supplies for the Gerald D. Vick Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF). Specifically, the grant funds will support the enhancement and the operation of the multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional victim-centered task force; coordination with a new Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) funded victim service provider to identify and rescue victims of all forms of human trafficking; working with OVC-funded victim service providers to assist the providers in securing requests for continued presence or T-visas for foreign victims; creating a public awareness campaign designed to educate immigrant communities about human trafficking and how to recognize it; and, training focusing on the multi-disciplinary approach to address the issues of victims and victim services. The project goals are to identify and rescue foreign born victims of human trafficking and educate law enforcement and service providers to identify human trafficking.


Date Created: September 9, 2010