Lightfoot announces plan to examine gender-based violence and human trafficking in Chicago

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Several months of community discussions and other outreach activities have produced what the mayor’s office calls Chicago’s first strategic plan to address gender-based violence and human trafficking.

The two-year plan, announced Monday by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, is the result of a process that began with the appointment of an advisory board in February.

The objectives of the plan include improving the way the police respond to cases of gender-based violence and human trafficking, changing what is considered gender-based violence and human trafficking, analyzing changes policy that could reduce this violence and increase coordination between municipal services that focus on prevention and intervention, according to one report published Monday.

To help implement the plan, Lightfoot proposes a task force, which would include community organizations, and an oversight advisory board.

Approximately $ 25 million in funding for some aspects of the plan is included in Lightfoot’s 2022 budget proposal.

The money would cover emergency financial assistance, as well as legal services and housing, for people facing gender-based violence, according to the mayor’s office.

It would also fund a new post of Director of Gender-Based Violence Strategy and Policy. And that would increase the staffing of the city’s Department of Family and Support Services Domestic Violence Team and allow the city to hire additional staff to work on the initiative, the statement said. hurry.

Lightfoot described gender-based violence and human trafficking as a “pervasive” problem in Chicago.

“We have an epidemic on our hands and cannot afford to ignore these issues when we take a public health approach to reducing violence,” Lightfoot said in a prepared statement.

This is not the city’s first problem-specific initiative. In August, the city appointed Ruby Ferguson as the city’s first food equity policy official as part of a plan to tackle food insecurity.

Elvia Malagón’s reporting on social justice and income inequality is made possible by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust.


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