Grants hope to aid victims of human trafficking

file000640497966Eighty-thousand dollars in grants will go to help identify and assist victims of human trafficking.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services awarded the funding to health departments in Detroit, Muskegon, and Genesee county.

 

The bulk of the grant money went to the Genesee County Health Department for what’s being called the Emergency Room Pilot Program.

That program will train emergency personnel to identify victims of human trafficking and connect them to resources to get them help.

Jennifer Eisner is with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She said human trafficking is more widespread than many people realize.

“This year 133 trafficking cases were reported in Michigan.”

Genesee county’s pilot program is set to begin on September 1st.