A Linwood-based organization that helps women received a $350,000 grant to further efforts to fight human trafficking, the acting state attorney general announced Monday.

The New Jersey Human Trafficking Victim Services Program grant was awarded to The Women’s Center, allowing it to provide all-hours access to statewide services for human-trafficking victims.

Services include shelter, food, court accompaniment, transportation, counseling, clothing and referral services. The Women’s Center will also provide crisis response in partnership with identified law enforcement and governmental agencies statewide.

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“New Jersey continues to be at the forefront in the fight against human trafficking,” acting Attorney General John Hoffman said. “The grant announced today will ensure that victims and survivors of human trafficking get the much-needed resources that they so deserve.”

“The problem of human trafficking did not end on Feb. 2 when the play clock hit zero at the end of the Super Bowl, and neither did our resolve to combat this horrific crime and provide assistance to these most vulnerable victims,” Division of Criminal Justice Director Elie Honig said.

The Women’s Center plans to use prevention, protection and partnership as the cornerstone of their efforts.

“Our mission is to work collaboratively to eradicate human trafficking by reducing the vulnerability of potential victims and the demand for exploitation in all its forms; ensuring adequate protection and services to victims, and supporting the efficient prosecution of the criminals,” said Women’s Center CEO Claudia Ratzlaff.

The center — which will begin receiving the grant April 1 — will partner with other agencies throughout the state to address the crime of human trafficking. The Women’s Center is a not-for-profit organization with more than 40 years of experience in providing services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims, especially female victims, and 27 years of providing services to human trafficking victims.

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