The Decatur, Illinois-based Howard G. Buffett Foundation has awarded Milwaukee-based nonprofit UMOS and its Wisconsin Labor Trafficking Project partners $5.1 million in funding to fight labor trafficking. The three-year grant is to be administered statewide.

The “bottom-line mission” for the Wisconsin Labor Trafficking Project is to work with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), advocates, and legal providers in “applying a well-coordinated approach to arresting and prosecuting traffickers while comprehensively supporting victims throughout the process,” said Lupe Martinez, president and CEO of UMOS.

Advocates and legal providers on the multi-disciplinary team include the Women’s Community Center, Inc., LOTUS Legal Clinic, Maria I. Lopez Immigration Law, and Mendez Law LLC.

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