Published 10/25/17 by ABC7/WJLA, Washington, DC

A $1.3 million grant has been awarded to the University of Maryland and Prince George’s County Police to aid victims of human trafficking.

This grant allows the University of Maryland’s Support, Advocacy, Freedom and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors and P.G. County Police to continue their collaboration to combat human trafficking in Maryland and P.G. County.

According to a release from the University of Maryland, the grant also allows the SAFE center and police to identify victims of trafficking, meet their needs, and prosecute perpetrators of trafficking.

The UMD SAFE Center is the school’s first direct services, research, and advocacy center on human trafficking. According to the release, the center provides services to help survivors of trafficking heal and rebuild their lives.