MBI ANNOUNCES NEW HUMAN TRAFFICKING DIVISION

By SUBMITTED,

With the passage of House Bill 571, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is

pleased to announce the formation of a dedicated Human Trafficking division. The

Mississippi Department of Public Safety (MDPS) immediately began seeking

additional funding sources to support the enforcement of this state-wide effort to

thwart human trafficking in Mississippi. MDPS is proud to announce, on behalf of

Attorney General William P. Barr, the Office of Justice Programs approved

MDPS’s application for funding under the FY 19 Enhanced Collaborative Model

Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking in the amount of $800,000.00.

The FY 2019 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human

Trafficking: Supporting Law Enforcement’s Role grant award is specifically

intended to support MBI’s enforcement role in investigating and solving human

trafficking crimes. Grant eligibility requires a collaborative, multidisciplinary task

force. The United States Attorney’s office has partnered with the MDPS to

establish the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council (MHTC) to ensure a

collaborative working group to identify existing services and gaps in services. In a

victim centered, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary model, MHTC will work to

prevent trafficking, protect victims and prosecute criminals in all forms of

domestic and international human trafficking, to include commercial sex

trafficking and labor trafficking, for the protection of both adult and minor victims.

“The Department of Public Safety is excited to bring these federal funds to

Mississippi to aid the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation in formulating official

law enforcement led task forces to fight those who choose to traffic human beings in this state,” said Commissioner Marshall L. Fisher.