Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $75,000)
Under this award, the City of Oakland 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 Oakland Police Department will use the 2010 Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative funds to support personnel for the East Bay Human Trafficking Task Force (Task Force). Specifically, grant funds will support the Task Force as it intends to continue working with local law enforcement, community and faith-based organizations, public and private service providers, and other non-governmental organizations toward the mutual goal of engaging first responders, investigators, prosecutors, and victim service providers in a collaborative human trafficking response in the Eastern Region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The ongoing goals of the Task Force include the identification and rescue of victims through proactive law enforcement activities; collection of evidence of criminal activities; prosecution of perpetrators, and increasing public awareness of the human trafficking problem.