A $1.4 million grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, has been awarded to the state Department of Human Services to combat human trafficking and to provide services to victims.
The grant will help human services and the Colorado Department of Public Safety to develop a joint, comprehensive strategy to battle human trafficking in the state, according to the Department of Human Services. The $1,413,747 grant will also help provide recovery services to child victims and survivors.
In 2015, Colorado had 93 cases of human trafficking reported, the release said. Since January, child welfare agencies in Colorado have received 139 reports concerning child sex trafficking.
Multiple strategies funded by the grant could include:
Reducing youths’ exposure to trafficking.
Improve abilities to track data over multiple systems.
Increase support for families and foster parents of children returning home after a trafficking or high-risk experience.
“By working together across agencies and across jurisdictions, we can make significant progress toward addressing the needs of children and youths, who are some of the most vulnerable to human trafficking,” said Maria Trujillo, a program manager with the Department of Public Safety.
Anyone who suspects child abuse, including sex trafficking, is asked to call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-264-5437 (CO4-KIDS).