Kansas Attorney General awards first human trafficking victim assistance grants

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED JANUARY 30, 2014 BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL DEREK SCHMIDT

AG Schmidt awards first human trafficking victim assistance grants

TOPEKA – (January 30, 2014) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced that his office has awarded the first Human Trafficking Victim Assistance grants to five victims service providers in the state.

“As we continue to combat human trafficking in Kansas, more trafficking victims are being identified and are in need of support,” Schmidt said. “These funds will help local organizations provide those services to victims in their time of need.”

The grants were awarded to:

Veronica’s Voice, Kansas City: $14,957 GaDuGi Safe Center, Lawrence: $13,384 YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment, Topeka: $23,000 EmberHope, Wichita: $20,442 SafeHomes, Winfield: $13,000

The Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Fund was created by the new Kansas human trafficking law enacted in 2013.

Schmidt said during state fiscal year 2013, more than 200 trafficking victims were identified by victims service organizations in Kansas.

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