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Erie County, for the second time in as many weeks, has received a $500,000 federal grant to combat human trafficking.

The latest grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will go to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for use in locating and interviewing victims, as well as training law enforcement, community, education and court personnel about how to help victims.

“We will be working with victims and our federal partners to get justice,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Elizabeth Fildes, a member of the Human Trafficking Task Force and Alliance, a coalition of law enforcement groups.

The first grant was awarded to the International Institute of Buffalo, which provides support services for victims