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UGA Receives $15 Million to Fight Human Trafficking

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The University of Georgia is receiving $15.75 million to combat human trafficking. The U.S. Department of State is awarding the money to expand programming and research to noticeably reduce human trafficking.

The new award, funded by the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office), will scale up the UGA-based African Programming and Research Initiative to End Slavery (APRIES) current anti-human trafficking work in Sierra Leone and Guinea, as well as expand efforts to Senegal. The project will also launch the Prevalence Reduction Innovation Forum.

The forum – the first of its kind – will enlist scholars from universities around the world to test and develop the best ways to estimate the prevalence of human trafficking.

Researchers say a severe lack of data hampers attempts to curtail human trafficking worldwide.

For more information about APRIES, visit apries.uga.edu.  

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