MBI ANNOUNCES NEW HUMAN TRAFFICKING DIVISIONBy 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.