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Tue Feb 11, 2020, 02:16 AM

Trump DOJ directed federal grant to Hookers for Jesus.

A Justice Department fund for providing grants to organizations that fight human trafficking has reportedly become the subject of a whistleblower complaint.

Two charities that previously received funding under the plan and were considered top-tier applicants Chicanos Por La Causa in Phoenix and Catholic Charities in Palm Beach, Fla. were denied grants in the latest round of applications, according to Reuters, despite their history of serving human trafficking victims.

Both groups have ties to political causes seen as opposed to the Trump administration: Chicanos Por La Causa has vocally opposed the administration's immigration policies, and an official with Catholic Charities has previously stood as a Democratic convention delegate, per the news service.

In their place, two organizations viewed with skepticism by experts received funding. One group called Hookers for Jesus in Nevada, which critics say operates religious services it forces guests to attend, received funding, as did the Lincoln Tubman Foundation, which was reportedly founded by the daughter of a GOP convention delegate and supporter of President Trump.

Reuters reported on Monday that a complaint was filed to the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector general in December by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2830, which asked the watchdog to investigate whether politics were factored into the decision to change the grants.





https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/482438-justice-dept-whistleblower-complaint-suggests-anti-trafficking-grants

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