Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $750,000)
The purpose of this program is to start a multidisciplinary task force and establish a strong foundation of task force co-leadership structure, clear roles and responsibilities, and internal processes and protocols. This funding will support a formalize task force structure; develop operational procedures; access professional development and training opportunities, deliver training for key stakeholders; and conduct a community assessment to identify potential areas of the community where sex and labor trafficking may be occurring.
Arkansas covers 53,179 square miles, with a 2020 estimated population of 3,013,756 people – with 1,235,640 or 41% of its population living in rural Arkansas. Among the 75 Arkansas counties, 13 (23.5%) are classified as metropolitan (urban) and 62 (82.66%) are classified as nonmetropolitan (rural), based on 2021 University of Arkansas Rural Profile of Arkansas. The work of the Arkansas Human Trafficking Task Force will benefit the entire state.