The White House on Tuesday will announce a $35 million grant to help fund housing grants for victims of human trafficking.
The grants will be delivered by the Office for Victims of Crime, a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs. They will go to 73 different organizations across the country that offer housing assistance, transitional housing, and housing cost assistance.
“Shelter is the number one most requested service for all crisis cases on the national human trafficking hotline,” a senior administration official told reporters in a briefing including Breitbart News.
Attorney General William Barr will join a roundtable at the White House on human trafficking with Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, White House Special Adviser for Human Trafficking Heather Fischer, and leaders of organizations founded to help trafficking victims.
One official spoke to reporters about how Covid-19 lockdowns made it more difficult for victims to escape their traffickers and find shelter.
Ivanka Trump hugs Bella Hounakey, a survivor of human trafficking, alongside President Donald Trump during the “White House Summit on Human Trafficking: The 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000” event in the East Room of the White House on January 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump plans on adding a new position at the White House to focus on the issue of human trafficking and online child exploitation. (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
Over 70 percent of victims of human trafficking who contacted the national trafficking hotline were born in the United States, the…