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U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst Announces More Than $65 Million Available to Fight Human Trafficking and Help Trafficking Victims

Jackson, Miss. – U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst today announced that more than $65 million in Department of Justice grants is available to help communities combat human trafficking and serve adults and children who are victimized in trafficking operations.

“Our nation is facing difficult challenges, none more pressing than the scourge of human trafficking. Human traffickers pose a dire threat to public safety and countering this threat remains one of the Administration’s top domestic priorities,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (“OJP”). “The Department of Justice is front and center in the fight against this insidious crime. OJP is making historic amounts of grant funding available to ensure that our communities have access to innovative and diverse solutions.”

“We have made fighting human trafficking a top priority in our office, and this funding will go a long way in rescuing victims, preventing trafficking, and providing services to effected communities. I implore our partners in this fight to avail themselves of these opportunities to help as many as we can as we seek to eradicate this scourge that is human trafficking,” said U.S. Attorney Hurst. 

The funding is available through OJP, the federal government’s leading source of public safety funding and crime victim assistance in state, local and tribal jurisdictions. OJP’s programs support a wide array of activities and services, including programs that support human trafficking task forces and services for human trafficking survivors. 

A number of funding opportunities are currently open, with several more opening in the near future.

Missing and Exploited Children Training and Technical Assistance Program


Total Available $1.8 million                                      Deadline 4/6/2020 (Extended)


Multidisciplinary Task Force Program to Combat Human Trafficking

Total Available $22 million                                       Opens week of 3/16/2020


Preventing Trafficking of Girls

Total Available $1.7 million                                      Opens week of 3/16/2020


Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons   


Total Available $2.5 million                                      Deadline 4/20/2020                                                                   


Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Total Available $16.5 million                                    Opens week of 3/16/2020


Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking                                                                                                                   

Total Available $2 million                                           Opens week of 3/16/2020


Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Program

Total Available $5 million                                         Opens week of 3/16/2020


Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking 

Total Available $6 million                                         Opens week of 3/16/2020


Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking

Total Available $8 million                                         Opens week of 3/16/2020


For more information regarding all OJP funding opportunities, visit https://www.ojp.gov/funding/explore/current-funding-opportunities

In September 2019, the U.S. Attorneys for the Southern District and Northern Districts of Mississippi, in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and Mississippi House of Representatives Speaker Philip Gunn, announced the launch of the statewide Mississippi Human Trafficking Council, which brings together stakeholders from across the state of Mississippi to work on and develop solutions to issues relating to human trafficking. For more information about the Council, click here.


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