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Mississippi Human Task Force Collaborative Agreement with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to enhance collaboration in addressing human trafficking.

Award Information

Award #
15POVC-22-GK-03662-HT
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2022
Total funding (to date)
$750,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $750,000)

The Mississippi Human Trafficking Council (formally known as the Mississippi Human Trafficking Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking).will develop, expand, and strengthen a multidisciplinary approach to fight human trafficking (HT). This funding will support expanded task force partnerships, refinement and implementation of new and existing protocols, meaningful survivor engagement, and implementation of proactive approaches that are victim-centered and survivor and trauma-informed. Mississippi covers 46,907 square miles, with a 2020 estimated population of 2,961,279 people – with 1,569,926 or 51% of its population living in rural Mississippi. Among the 82 MS counties, 17 (20.7%) are classified as metropolitan (urban) and 65 (79.3%) are classified as non-metropolitan (rural), based on 2020 NCHS Urban-Rural Classification Scheme. Additionally, the MS Band of Choctaw Indians (the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in MS) with 10,000 members and 35,000 acres of land are included. The work of the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council (TASK FORCE) will benefit the entire state. The relevant state and federal agencies and services providers are in this area. (FY2022) The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI), Mississippi Department of Public Safety (MDPS) is requesting funding in the amount of $750,000.00 under Category Purpose Area 2 (Competitive ID: C-OVC-2022-00009-PROD) and the Office Against Interpersonal Violence (OAIV), Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is the service provider applicant requesting funding in the amount of $750,000.00.
 

Human Trafficking Investigation and Prosecutions 

 

MBI 

Cases 

New Investigations 

Active Investigations 

Number Arrested for HT Incident 

Confirmed Juvenile 

Victims 

Confirmed Adult Victims 

 MBI Database 

Tips 

MBI HT & related prosecutions 

2019 

 

 

 

 

 

167 

 

 Hired Agents 

2020 

  

  

115 

  

  

63 

  

  

43 

  

  

33 

  

  

12 

  

 

227 

 

 

  

  

2021 

  

  

255 

  

  

137 

  

  

30 

  

  

10 

  

  

66 

  

 

278 

 

 

Total 

370 

200 

73 

43 

78 

672 

 

Human Trafficking Victims Served  

  

The Center for Violence Prevention 

Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence 

Children’s Advocacy of Mississippi 

Year 

Victims Served 

2019 

47 

31 

2020 

92 

14 

87 

2021 

121 

29 

127 

Total 

260 

50 

245 

OAIV subgrantee1, Center for Violence Prevention (CVP), The Tower Shelter for HT victims responded in-person to 186 suspected victims of HT since January 1, 2021, assisted with 270 tips for reports of possible trafficking of children. Ninety-eight of those individuals enrolled in outreach services.   

In 2021, the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence a vetted OAIV provider of HT services, provided services to 28 survivors.  Due to confidentiality, we are unable to determine which victims are overlapping.

Date Created: September 27, 2022