- Howard County
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $502,264)
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking, to include enhancing the capacity of law enforcement and other stakeholders to identify victims and provide justice for those victims through the investigation and prosecution of their traffickers. This award made to HOWARD COUNTY OF MARYLAND (INC) is funded under FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking which is designed to The Howard County Human Trafficking Prevention Coordination Council is seeking this federal funding to operationalize this body and expand their efforts to prevent and effectively respond to human trafficking in Howard County, Maryland. The lead law enforcement applicant is the Howard County Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit, Human Trafficking Section. The lead victim service organization applicant is Howard County, Maryland, through its Office of Human Trafficking Prevention within the Department of Community Resources and Services and subapplicant, HopeWorks of Howard County, Inc. (HopeWorks), which provides comprehensive direct services to survivors of human trafficking. This funding would allow the Council to dramatically expand: 1) ther capacity to conduct trauma-informed investigations in partnership with the law enforcement partners at the U.S. Attorneys Office, U.S. Customs and Immigration, Homeland Security Investigations; 2) increase high-quality, survivor-centered services to sex and labor trafficking survivors at HopeWorks, and 3) build out the collaborative, systems-based work of the Coordination Council.