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WASHINGTON – More than $1 million in grants have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice to support justice system programs in Illinois, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Wednesday.

The money will be used to support programs that help victims of human trafficking and sexual assault.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office will receive $250,000 for their Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking program. They will use the money to conduct investigations, prosecute, provide support to victims, and create community training and public awareness programs.

Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet will receive $352,416 to help provide aid to homeless victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority has been awarded $416,945 to support rape crisis centers and other non-profits.

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