Harder Announces Nearly $800,000 Investment to Support Survivors of Human Trafficking in Modesto, Tracy

August 6, 2020
Press Release

Modesto, CA – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced two federal investments through the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide support to survivors of human trafficking in Modesto and Tracy. The investments are being made through the DOJ’s Housing Assistance for Victims of Human Trafficking Program and total $788,855. The funding will be used to support victims of human trafficking by addressing the trauma they experienced and aiding their transition back into the community. Both Highway 99 and the “Tracy Triangle” are considered centers of human trafficking because they serve as major transit corridors linking multiple population centers across the state.

“Human trafficking is disgusting and has to end – that means cracking down on the perpetrators and ensuring survivors have an avenue to transition back to the community,” said Rep. Harder. “Both Haven and Chest of Hope provide important services to help survivors make that transition.”


Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus

Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to individual empowerment and societal change by advocating for those impacted by domestic and sexual abuse or exploitation. The federal investment of $307,012 will be used to procure two housing units and fund support for women who survived human trafficking as they transition back to the

community. Haven estimates that over the three-year life of the grant, the organization will be able to help 25 women with counseling and housing.

“Haven is thrilled to have been selected for three year funding to support housing needs for Human Trafficking survivors,” said May Rico, Haven’s Executive Director. “These funds will provide a broader range of housing options and supportive services than we are able to currently offer survivors of Trafficking.  As the Central Valley is a known pathway for trafficking, these funds help strengthen the Valley's response to survivors in need of help.”


The Chest of Hope, Inc.

The Chest of Hope, Inc. is a victims’ services nonprofit that raises and distributes funds to survivors of domestic violence. The federal investment of $481,843 will be used by Chest of Hope to provide housing services to survivors of human trafficking. The organization estimates it will be able to support up to 30 survivors and their families over the three-year life of the grant.

“For victims, hope comes from empowerment. That empowerment leads to hope, which is foundational need connecting human trafficking victims and domestic violence victims,” said Merlyn Pittman of Chest of Hope, Inc. “The city of Tracy is the corridor to the various cities leading to  San Joaquin and Stanislaus county, therefore harboring a lot of human trafficking activities, this grant award will allow us to better serve those individual being victimized by this systematic oppression.”