The 64th Legislative Assembly, in Senate Bill 2219, authorized the Attorney General to establish a human trafficking commission, comprised of designees from state, local, and tribal agencies which have contact with victims or perpetrators, nongovernmental organizations that represent or work with victims, and other organizations and individuals, including victims, whose expertise would benefit the commission. The Attorney General's office partnered with North Dakota FUSE and the North Dakota Council of Abused Womens Services (CAWS) in these efforts.
The Human Trafficking Commission consists of the following subcommittees:
- Planning and Guidelines
- Victim Centered Services
- Community Awareness
- Grant Applications/Best Practices
- Criminal Justice Training
- Case Management
- Demand Reduction (John's School)
Information about meetings of the Commission and its subcommittees is available on the Meetings page.
The 64th Legislative Assembly approved an appropriation to the Office of Attorney General to provide one-time funding for human trafficking victims treatment and support services.
GRANT AWARDS - Victim Treatment and Support Services
|Implementing Agency||Awarded from Dept. of Trust Lands - Oil funds||Awarded from Office of Attorney General - State general funds|
|4Her ND||$ 109,900.00||$ -|
|CAWS ND||$ 94,576.00||$ -|
|Domestic Violence Crisis Center||$ 71,892.00||$ -|
|Family Crisis Shelter||$ 79,448.00||$ -|
|Legal Services of North Dakota||$ 79,398.00||$ 26,466.00|
|Youthworks (Bismarck)||$ 314,786.00||$ 79,979.00|
|Youthworks (Fargo)||$ -||$ 393,555.00|
|Total Awarded||$ 750,000.00||$ 500,000.00|
In addition, the Office of Attorney General received $600,000 in federal funds under the grant “FY15 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking” through September 30, 2018. These grant funds support the BCI task force investigations of human trafficking. Although details of the task force ongoing efforts are not publicly available, general information is reported in the Office of Attorney General Biennial Report.