The Women's Center receives $350,000 grant to combat human trafficking

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TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Monday, March 10 The Women's Center in Linwood is the recipient of a $350,000 grant from the Division of Criminal Justice.  The funds are to further efforts  to combat human trafficking across New Jersey.

Under this grant, The Women’s Center will provide access 24 hours a day to statewide services for victims of human trafficking.  These services include, shelter, food, court accompaniment, transportation, counseling and system linkage, clothing, and referral services. The Women’s Center will also provide crisis response in partnership with identified law enforcement and governmental agencies statewide. 

“New Jersey continues to be at the forefront in the fight against human trafficking,” Hoffman said.  “The grant announced today will ensure that victims and survivors of human trafficking get the much-needed resources that they so deserve.”

 “Our mission is to work collaboratively to eradicate human trafficking by reducing the vulnerability of potential victims and the demand for exploitation in all its forms; ensuring adequate protection and services to victims, and supporting the efficient prosecution of the criminals,” said Claudia Ratzlaff, the CEO of The Women’s Center.  

The Women’s Center plans to use prevention, protection and partnership as the cornerstone of their efforts;  partnering with other agencies throughout the state to address the crime of human trafficking. 

The Women’s Center is a not-for-profit organization with over 40 years of experience in providing services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims, especially female victims, and 27 years of providing services to human trafficking victims.  More information about The Women’s Center can be found at acwc.org.

The New Jersey Human Trafficking Task Force maintains a hotline (1-855-END-NJ-HT) that is staffed 24 hours a day by detectives in the Human Trafficking Unit within the Division of Criminal Justice.  For more information about the Task Force, visit NJHumanTrafficking.gov.


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