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New coordinator of human trafficking task force on duty in Malheur County

Kim DeRose shows a fact sheet regarding human trafficking. DeRose is the new coordinator of the Tri-County Anti-Trafficking Task Force. The task force covers Malheur County and Payette and Washington counties in Idaho. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – A large federal grant will help drive a local effort to prevent human trafficking in a three-county region of Oregon and Idaho.

The $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice was allocated to the Malheur County District Attorney’s Office and used to hire Kim DeRose as the new coordinator of the Tri-County Anti-Trafficking Task Force.

The task force covers Malheur, Payette and Washington counties and has existed about eight years.

DeRose was hired in November to educate the public about the dangers and prevalence of human trafficking locally.

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