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Mississippi Human Task Force Collaborative Agreement with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to enhance collaboration in addressing human trafficking.

Award Information

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Indicates all applicable states in which services are provided.
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $750,000)

The Mississippi Human Trafficking Council (formally known as the Mississippi Human Trafficking Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking).will develop, expand, and strengthen a multidisciplinary approach to fight human trafficking (HT). This funding will support expanded task force partnerships, refinement and implementation of new and existing protocols, meaningful survivor engagement, and implementation of proactive approaches that are victim-centered and survivor and trauma-informed. Mississippi covers 46,907 square miles, with a 2020 estimated population of 2,961,279 people – with 1,569,926 or 51% of its population living in rural Mississippi. Among the 82 MS counties, 17 (20.7%) are classified as metropolitan (urban) and 65 (79.3%) are classified as non-metropolitan (rural), based on 2020 NCHS Urban-Rural Classification Scheme. Additionally, the MS Band of Choctaw Indians (the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in MS) with 10,000 members and 35,000 acres of land are included. The work of the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council (TASK FORCE) will benefit the entire state. The relevant state and federal agencies and services providers are in this area. (FY2022) The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI), Mississippi Department of Public Safety (MDPS) is requesting funding in the amount of $750,000.00 under Category Purpose Area 2 (Competitive ID: C-OVC-2022-00009-PROD) and the Office Against Interpersonal Violence (OAIV), Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is the service provider applicant requesting funding in the amount of $750,000.00.   Human Trafficking Investigation and Prosecutions    MBI  Cases  New Investigations  Active Investigations  Number Arrested for HT Incident  Confirmed Juvenile  Victims  Confirmed Adult Victims   MBI Database  Tips  MBI HT & related prosecutions  2019            167     Hired Agents  2020        115        63        43        33        12       227      1        2021        255        137        30        10        66       278      6  Total  370  200  73  43  78  672  7    Human Trafficking Victims Served      The Center for Violence Prevention  Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence  Children’s Advocacy of Mississippi  Year  Victims Served  2019  47  7  31  2020  92  14  87  2021  121  29  127  Total  260  50  245  OAIV subgrantee1, Center for Violence Prevention (CVP), The Tower Shelter for HT victims responded in-person to 186 suspected victims of HT since January 1, 2021, assisted with 270 tips for reports of possible trafficking of children. Ninety-eight of those individuals enrolled in outreach services.    In 2021, the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence a vetted OAIV provider of HT services, provided services to 28 survivors.  Due to confidentiality, we are unable to determine which victims are overlapping.
Date Created: September 27, 2022