Gov. Edwards receives $1.5 million grant to address human trafficking in Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Gov. John Bel Edwards announces in a release a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, to address human trafficking in Louisiana.

The federal grant will go forth to programs to help victims of human trafficking and to raise awareness in the state.

I am proud that the Department of Justice recognizes the hard work we are doing in Louisiana to combat human trafficking and grateful that they saw fit to once again single out Louisiana for this grant,” said Gov. Edwards in the release.  

Although we have made great progress, we know that our work is not yet done. This funding will greatly assist our state in implementing programs and practices that will promote greater healing and recovery for victims and survivors. This wouldn’t be possible without the collective efforts of key agencies and trained professionals who have made it their mission to end this horrific crime. I am also extremely thankful of the leadership of my wife Donna who has worked hard over the last several years to raise awareness at both the state and national levels.

Gov. Edwards also signed into law a bill creating the Office of Human Trafficking Prevention, which was a key part of the Governor’s legislative agenda. Gov. Edwards appointed Executive Director Dr. Dana Hunter according to the press release.

This is the second time that Louisiana has been selected to receive the award. Last year Louisiana received $1.2 million to help quell child human trafficking. For more information about this grant, visit gov.louisiana.gov

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