- Lake County
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $750,000)
Formal Name of Task Force: Lake County Human Trafficking Task Force
Geographic Area to be Served: Lake County, IL
Legal Names of Applicants:
Law Enforcement: Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office (LCSAO)
Victim Service Provider: A Safe Place (ASP)
The LCSAO and ASP will collaborate to establish the Lake County Human Trafficking Task Force. This multidisciplinary task force will coordinate and direct county-wide efforts to reduce human trafficking, service the survivors of such crimes, and aggressively investigate and prosecute both sex and labor traffickers. The Task Force will implement victim-centered, trauma informed and collaborative approaches through the development and implementation of Task Force protocols and trainings. A grant funded Task Force Coordinator will be hired to manage activities, meetings, partnership growth and sustainability. The LCSAO will conduct extensive proactive investigations and prosecutions of sex and labor traffickers. ASP will deliver wraparound OVC-approved direct services to HT victims to help them achieve increased safety, independence, self-sufficiency and well-being.