Harder Secures $350,000 Federal Investment to Combat Human Trafficking in Turlock

September 22, 2020
Press Release

Modesto, CA – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced a federal investment of $350,000 through the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to help the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Turlock combat human trafficking. Rep. Harder got involved in the grant application process in April and wrote a letter of support directly to the Office of Victims for Crime Grant Committee urging approval of IRC’s application. The investment will allow IRC to partner with the Alliance for Community Transformation to fight human trafficking in Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, Mono, and Tuolumne Counties.

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and we have to do everything we can to stamp it out while also helping survivors,” said Rep. Harder. “This key investment will help IRC connect survivors of trafficking with the services they need to start to recover from the horrifying ordeal they experienced and start building a new life.”

“We are excited to receive the “Developing Capacity to Service Human Trafficking Victims” award from the Office for Victims of Crimes to serve survivors of sex and labor trafficking in Stanislaus and surrounding counties (Tuolumne, Merced, Mariposa, and Mono),” said Vivien Jacob, IRC Turlock Director. “Our new program is call Central California Anti-Trafficking Resources and Empowerment Program (CCARE) and begins on October 1, 2020. The three-year grant will be focused on creating a strong referral network among the counties, providing education and training to community organizations, and providing case management to survivors as they are referred to our program and choose the new direction of their lives.”

Representative Harder’s office helped IRC apply for the grant and wrote a letter of support for the group’s application in April. The letter of support is available here. In August, Rep. Harder announced two grants to assist victims of human trafficking in their transition back into the community.