Waco: $900K awarded to fight human trafficking

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $900,000 grant to fight human trafficking in Central Texas. (Photo by Bill Gowdy)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $900,000 grant to fight human trafficking in Central Texas.

The grant will be awarded over a three period to the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, which will coordinate with other agencies in combating human trafficking in the region.

"We know that human trafficking, both sex and labor, is happening in our community and putting children and adults at risk," advocacy center Executive Director Barbara Wright said.

"These funds make it possible for coalition partners to continue providing advocacy to survivors of trafficking. We're looking forward to serving as the fiscal manager of the victim services grant and working with our valued coalition partners to serve survivors of this horrible crime."

Agencies included in the award either as task force partners and sub-grantees include the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, Unbound Waco, American Gateways, BCFS, HHS Common Thread, CareNet, Cenikor, Central Texas Youth Services, Christian Men's Job Corps, Christian Women's Job Corp, Communities in Schools - Heart of Texas, Compassion Ministries, Family Abuse Center, Heart of Texas Region Mental Health Mental Retardation Center, Klaras Center for Families, Lone Star Legal Aid, McLennan County Sheriff's Office, My Brother's Keeper, Red Shield, Refugee Services of Texas, Sally's House, STARRY, and Workforce Solutions.