Crist Announces Nearly $350,000 Grant to Support Victims of Human Trafficking

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Washington, DC, September 24, 2020 | comments

St. Petersburg, FL – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) announced a $349,895 grant to Goodwill Industries to improve and expand local services available to victims of human trafficking.

The grant, administered by the Department of Justice, will specifically fund staffing and training to create programs that will support services to human trafficking survivors and help them heal and move forward.

Through his role on the powerful Appropriations, Congressman Crist has worked to secure funding to fight human trafficking in Pinellas. Earlier this year, Crist announced a grant bringing Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) bus drivers and employees into the fight against trafficking, and most recently, Crist fought for increased levels of funding for Victims of Trafficking grant programs, voting to fund the program at $95 million in FY’21, a $10 million increase over FY’20 levels.

“For victims of human trafficking, programs like these go a long way in helping survivors heal and look to the future as they rebuild their lives,” said Rep. Crist. “That starts with providing organizations in our communities the resources necessary to better understand and respond to human trafficking through training, education, and public awareness.”

Goodwill Industries is a nonprofit that provides a wide variety of community-based programs for marginalized or disadvantaged individuals and is funded under the Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.
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