The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $7,627,404 to various Mississippi agencies to bolster public safety measures.
Funds will be allocated to support the Enhanced Collaboration Model Working Group Grant to Combat Human Trafficking, the Safe Neighborhoods Project Grant, the Office of Human Rights Training and Technical Assistance Initiative Violence Against Women (OVW) and the Opioids, Stimulants and Substance Abuse Block Grant. .
Organizations receiving grants are:
- Mississippi State Department of Health – $6,000,000 – Comprehensive site-based Opioids, Stimulants, and Addictions Grant to provide resources to support state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts to address illicit substance use and abuse; reduce overdose deaths; promote public safety; and supporting access to prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery services in the community and justice system.
- Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Inc. – $800,000 – Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) training and technical assistance initiative to the training, expertise and problem-solving strategies they need to meet the challenges of combating sexual assault , domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
- Mississippi Department of Public Safety – $750,000 – Enhanced Collaborative Model Working Group to Combat Human Trafficking grant to develop, expand or strengthen service programs for victims of human trafficking, to include the strengthening of the ability of law enforcement and other stakeholders to identify victims and bring justice to those victims through the investigation and prosecution of their traffickers.
- Mississippi Department of Public Safety – $77,404 – Safe Neighborhoods Project grant for proactive law enforcement efforts, prevention, education and intervention, training, and gang enforcement and reduction actions.
USDOT Awards Nearly $700,000 for Mississippi Security Readiness