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Cook County State's Attorney Gets $500,000 To Fight Human Trafficking

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A total of $500,000 in federal grant money will allow a program to combat human trafficking to continue in Cook County.

As WBBM Newsradio's Dave Marsett reports, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said Friday that the U.S. Justice Department grant will apply to the next two years. She said it will provide training, programming and help for at-risk children and the victims of trafficking.

Alvarez's office will work with federal prosecutors to investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases.

The money also pays for a staffer to monitor trafficking cases in the courts and make sure victims are connected with counseling and support services.

The Cook County State's Attorney's office was among four law enforcement agencies to receive the grant money, which was first awarded in 2010.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio's Dave Marsett reports

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