PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) – The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office (BDAO) purchased and assembled 50 Hope Bags for victims of human trafficking. On Friday, BDAO staff filled the backpacks with clothes, first aid kits, hygiene products, hand sanitizer, wipes, snacks, reusable water bottles, referrals for social services, etc.
Members of the Berkshire Domestic and Sexual Violence Working Group will identify those who will benefit from the bags and coordinate their distribution in Berkshire County, as needed.
“These bags tell victims that the community cares about them and is ready and able to help them. This DSV task force project is particularly powerful because victims do not need to be involved in the criminal justice system to receive help. It’s about immediate street-level care for victims in a vulnerable place and really meeting them where they are, ”said District Attorney Andrea Harrington.
The district attorney’s office previously won a $ 15,000 grant from the Massachusetts office for victim assistance and used part of it to purchase basic necessities and bags.
The grant from MOVA Human Trafficking Trust Fund provides a direct service to victims of human trafficking by providing them with the essential elements to stabilize themselves. The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office is also using the grant funds to provide victims with temporary accommodation, transport and food assistance.