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DC Human Trafficking Task Force

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

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

Under this award, the Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, DC) 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 Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will use the 2010 Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative funds to support proactive investigations to identify victims of human trafficking. Specifically, the grant funds will purchase an electronic surveillance van for human trafficking investigations and provide funds for emergency shelter, emergency medical care, food, clothing, and other basic needs of human trafficking victims in crisis periods. The undercover vehicle will be utilized to provide a surveillance platform to monitor undercover human trafficking and prostitution operations. Also, MPD will use grant funds to contract with a local DC-area non-governmental organization (NGO) to provide the emergency services victims of human trafficking need. The project goals are to: increase the prosecution of traffickers, identify trafficking victims, provide comprehensive services to victims, and facilitate a more coordinated anti-trafficking response effort through extensive community outreach, intelligence-sharing, agency coordination, and law enforcement training.


Date Created: September 9, 2010