In 2017, Trump said human trafficking was an overlooked issue, one which he would bring the “full force and weight” of the government to address. Ivanka is also committed to this cause, calling human trafficking “modern-day slavery.”
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, safe housing for human trafficking survivors is of even greater necessity since many victims have been forced to remain with their traffickers due to the lockdown orders. Ivanka said, “The administration has heard these concerns and is responding by awarding leading nonprofit organizations the necessary funding to ensure that survivors have a stable place to live.”
Today, she shared the news on her social media that the Trump administration is giving more than $35 million in grants to 73 organizations in 33 states that support survivors of human trafficking, specifically by proving safe housing for them. This money will cover “anywhere from six to 24 months of transitional or short-term housing assistance to survivors, including to pay rent, utilities or related expenses, such as a security deposit.” It can also be used “to help victims find permanent housing, get a job, and receive occupational training and counseling.”
The grants are made possible by the Office for Victims of Crime within the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs.
The Housing Assistance Grants will be announced today at a White House event. Ivanka will be joined by Attorney General William Barr and other officials, as well as survivors of human trafficking and members of the organizations that will receive grant money.