In 2020, the Mississippi Legislature established the Victims of Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Fund in order to provide funding for direct service providers who serve victims of sex and labor trafficking. Miss. Code Ann. §97-3-54.11. The fund is funded by, among other things, assessments for certain criminal convictions and legislative appropriations.
Miss. Code Ann. §97-3-54.11(3) provides for committee members appointments to the Victims of Human Trafficking Fund Committee. Committee members serve 2-year terms beginning October 1, and every 2 years thereafter. Current members of the committee are:
(i) One (1) person to be appointed by the Governor – Ann Hall Brashier;
(ii) One (1) person to be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor – Katie McCrary;
(iii) One (1) person to be appointed by the Speaker of the House – Emily Simmons;
(iv) One (1) person to be appointed by the Attorney General – Lindsey Simmons;
(v) One (1) person to be appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety – Ashlee Lucas;
(vi) One (1) person to be appointed by the board of a victim services provider – Sandy Middleton, Center for Violence Prevention; and
(vii) One (1) person to be appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Child Protection Services – Vicki Lowery.
During the 2022 legislative session, the legislature appropriated $2.5 million to the Fund.
Applications for funding opened on November 1, 2022, and are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 23, 2022. The Committee seeks applications from direct victim service providers to support projects serving both minor and adult victims of labor and sex trafficking throughout Mississippi. The Committee anticipates awarding $2.5 million during this application period and anticipates making multiple awards during this application period.
All applications and required attachments should be emailed here by 5:00 p.m. November 23, 2022. Any applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
For assistance with submitting this Application, contact Anna Ward with the Office of the Attorney General at 769-234-0881.
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