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DOJ grants more than $370,000 to YWCA of Central Mass. to provide housing for human trafficking victims

“The YWCA Central Massachusetts is doing righteous work by equipping survivors with the resources and help they need to rebuild their lives,” said Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling

US Attorney Andrew Lelling speaks to reporters at Moakley Courthouse. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

BOSTON (AP) — The YWCA of Central Massachusetts has received more than $370,000 from the U.S. Justice Department to provide housing and services for victims of human trafficking.

Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling announced the grant from the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs.

“Doing justice means supporting the survivors of human trafficking, not just prosecuting the criminals who victimize them,” said Lelling said in an emailed statement. “The YWCA Central Massachusetts is doing righteous work by equipping survivors with the resources and help they need to rebuild their lives.”

Lelling’s office said the money will provide six to 24 months of transitional or short-term housing aid to victims. It will help cover things like utilities, security deposits and relocation costs. It will also go toward helping victims find permanent housing, jobs, training and counseling, officials said.

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