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To fund the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance task force in Harris County, Texas

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

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

Under this award, Harris County 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 Harris County Sheriff's Office will use the 2010 Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative funds to support overtime, equipment, and training for the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HTRA). Specifically, HTRA was created to empower local, state, and federal law enforcement to better identify, interdict, and eliminate trafficking activities. Also, HTRA works in a collaborative effort with victims, social service organizations, and federal regulatory agencies in the identification of human trafficking victims in the Southern District. The project goals are to: identify and assist victims of human trafficking and identify, apprehend, and prosecute those engaged in trafficking offenses.


Date Created: September 9, 2010