VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) Attorney General Mark Herring announced on Tuesday that $1.45 million federal grant will be used in Hampton Roads to combat human trafficking.

The money will be used to establish and operate a Human Trafficking Task Force, with the help of state, local and federal law enforcement partners and victim support service providers.

The task force will work on identifying, rescuing and restoring victims. As well as building awareness about the realities of human trafficking in the region and across Virginia.

"This coordinated, victim-centered approach is going to make a huge difference in the lives of victims that are identified in Hampton Roads, and it's going to send an unmistakable signal that Virginia will not tolerate human trafficking," said Attorney General Herring.

The money from the federal grant will be used to:

  • Hiring a Hampton Roads Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator in the OAG
  • A new victim services coordinator, a case manager, and three on-site counselors at Samaritan House
  • Expanded bed space for Samaritan House to provide victims of human trafficking a safe and supportive place for them and their children to get back on their feet.
  • The costs incurred by law enforcement agencies while investigating a potential human trafficking case.