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File #: 20-5960   
Type: Grant Applications and Awards
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 10/29/2020
Posting Language: Ordinance approving the acceptance of a grant not to exceed $650,000.00 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, for the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking program for the period of October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2023, and establishing a budget for the grant. [Maria Villagómez, City Manager; William P. McManus, Chief of Police]
Attachments: 1. Award Report, 2. Ordinance 2020-10-29-0769
DEPARTMENT: Police

DEPARTMENT HEAD: William P. McManus

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City Wide

SUBJECT:

Approval to accept a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) for the FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking program.

SUMMARY:

An ordinance authorizing the acceptance of a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) grant titled FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking Program. The grant period will be from the date of award, October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2023. This grant, not to exceed $650,000, will help augment the San Antonio Police Department's (SAPD) efforts to enhance anti-human trafficking law enforcement, victim services to victims of human trafficking, and conduct both proactive and reactive investigations of sex trafficking crimes. This ordinance will authorize an in-kind match not to exceed $242,305 and will establish a total budget of $892,305 for the grant.

A briefing on this grant was presented to Public Safety Committee on October 20, 2020, and the Committee recommended this item for City Council approval.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The San Antonio Police Department is one of the founding members of the Alamo Area Coalition Against Trafficking (AACAT) and has actively participated in local human trafficking coalitions since 2009. The Coalition is a team comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as local public service agencies, victim service providers, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations. The AACAT serves as a focal point for education programs, prevention strategies and public awareness campaigns in Bexar County and the surrounding areas to produce and send a unified message to the public. The AACAT receives no direct funding to further its efforts.

The City first received this grant in 2016 and has used the funds to enhance an anti-human trafficking co...

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