Anti-human trafficking organization receives $900,000 grant

Oct 10, 2023, 9:51 PM | Updated: Oct 11, 2023, 9:29 am

The Asian Association of Utah received a $900,000 federal Grant to help combat human trafficking....

The Asian Association of Utah received a $900,000 federal Grant to help combat human trafficking.(Canva)


SALT LAKE CITY — In the ongoing battle against human trafficking, the Department of Human Trafficking at the Asian Association of Utah has received a substantial federal grant of $900,000.

This is fantastic news for the organization’s mission to combat human trafficking and provide crucial victim services right here in Utah.

Andrea Sherman, who leads the department, stressed the pivotal role of outreach in preventing human trafficking within Utah.

She said that the bulk of this generous grant will directly benefit the clients and victims they serve.

“When a minor is identified,” Sherman said, “They are assigned a case manager right away, that case manager will do a needs assessment to see all the variety of needs.”

This includes a range of vital services such as counseling, travel assistance, and housing support, all aimed at helping survivors of human trafficking rebuild their lives.

In addition to the grant benefiting clients and victims, it will also help bring more case managers on board. This will aid in covering more ground and taking on many more cases to help in the battle against human trafficking.

This grant is a major stride forward in Utah’s efforts to combat human trafficking, fortifying victim services, bolstering outreach endeavors, and beefing up its staff. This undoubtedly strengthens the state’s response to this critical issue.


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Politics + Government

Utah lawmakers begin addressing several issues in a special session called by Gov. Spencer Cox....

Kennedy Camarena

Utah lawmaker weighs in on federal power in Utah

House Speaker Mike Schultz explains what decisions were made in Utah State Legislature special session and why those decisions were made.

45 minutes ago

An official ballot drop box is pictured outside of the Salt Lake County Government Center on March ...

Becky Bruce

Research: Threats, harassment of local officials up 55% since 2022

Princeton University's Bridging Divides Initiative performed the research with Civic Pulse, surveying local elected officials nationwide about their experiences with threats. 

9 hours ago

Utah lawmakers begin addressing several issues in a special session called by Gov. Spencer Cox....

Aimee Cobabe

Utah House passes bill requiring government to comply with Utah law, not portions of federal Title IX law

One of the biggest issues involves a bill passed during the regular session, having to do with the future of a coal power plant in Delta, Utah. 

20 hours ago

A man holds a passport in front of a world map. Expansions of passport services are on their way ac...

Kyle Remund

Salt Lake City to get a passport agency

Currently, Utahns have to travel out of state to reach a passport agency. That is set to change with the announcement of an agency in SLC.

1 day ago

People outside the Supreme Court, supporting the DACA program. A Utah immigration attorney said Bid...

Aimee Cobabe and Emma Keddington

Utah immigration attorney breaks down Biden’s executive action aimed to help immigrants

Local immigration attorney Carlos Trujillo said these changes will impact thousands of people here in Utah.

2 days ago

A small group gathered outside the committee room to protest agains HB261 prior to Senate members o...

Josuee Sanchez

Complaint hotline for DEI law already receiving false complaints

The DEI law hotline has received 27 false complaints in the last week, but that's far less than a hotline associated with a bathroom bill received.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...


Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Anti-human trafficking organization receives $900,000 grant