Governor Ivey Awards Grant to Nonprofit Fighting Human Trafficking

Governor Ivey Awards Grant to Nonprofit Fighting Human Trafficking

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a nearly $200,000 grant to a nonprofit organization to train law enforcement on methods to combat human trafficking.

The Covenant Rescue Group is a Jefferson County-based nonprofit that trains law enforcement officers across the state, provides initial oversight for rescues or undercover operations, and assists in making arrests. Instructors are former law enforcement officers and special operations veterans.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant using funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Many law enforcement agencies may lack the resources and expertise to investigate or respond to these types of crimes,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said in a statement. “ADECA joins Governor Ivey in supporting these and other efforts to combat sex trafficking.”

“Our men and women in law enforcement should have access to tools and techniques that help them protect members of their communities from exploitation,” Gov. Ivey said in a statement. “I am pleased to award this grant to an organization that works to stop criminals who seek to victimize vulnerable people.”

Human trafficking is one of the largest and fastest growing criminal industries in the world and impacts many of Alabama’s most vulnerable residents. Governor Ivey has been vocal about her goals to combat human trafficking in Alabama and, during her State of the State address this year, she requested that HB42 be sent to her.

During the last legislative session, Rep. Donna Givens introduced HB42, the Sound of Freedom Act, which amended Alabama’s existing human trafficking law. It was signed into law in April to establish a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison for anyone convicted of human trafficking when the victim is a minor, and will go into effect later this year.

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