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Ohio teams up with children's advocacy centers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is partnering with children's advocacy centers across Ohio to help young victims of human trafficking.

State officials say the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers will get more than $523,000 in state funding over the next two years to respond to the needs of human trafficking victims and their families.

Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services said Tuesday that the 26 children's advocacy centers will use the money to provide medical screenings, forensic interviews and other services, including trauma-focused mental health care. The money also will go toward training, conducting workshops on human trafficking and identifying community resources.

Professionals at the centers already respond to cases of child abuse. They work in multidisciplinary teams that include child protective services, law enforcement, the local prosecutor's office and others.

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