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After Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was seen marching maskless with thousands of protesters in the streets of Los Angeles just a few short weeks ago, the Los Angeles County Health Department has decreed that trick-or-treating is unsafe and will be illegal this Halloween, along with all carnivals, festivals, and parties with “non-household members.”

In a guidance document published by KABC-TV, the health department declared, “Door to door trick or treating is not allowed because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors especially in neighborhoods that are popular with trick or treaters.” The health department also went one step further and stated, “Gatherings or Parties with non-household members are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors.”

The county has also ordered that “Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are not allowed.”

Los Angeles County has continued to experience repeated protest events since the May 25 death of George Floyd. Protesters have not been cited for failing to abide by social distancing guidelines, and prominent city officials have even joined in many of the protests, while shutting off electricity and water to homes and businesses that violate those same rules.

Not to worry, though! If you live in Los Angeles County and have small children, they can still participate in many fun activities, including “Online parties/contests (e.g. costume or pumpkin carving)” and “Halloween themed art installations at an outdoor museum,” both of which will surely be acceptable substitutes for small children.

Additionally, the county has graciously agreed to allow homeowners to “Dress up homes and yards with Halloween themed decorations.”

Despite instituting some of the harshest coronavirus lockdown measures in the country (apart from intentionally failing to enforce them against social justice protesters), Los Angeles County has been one of the worst COVID-19 hot spots in the country. The county has seen almost 250,000 confirmed cases of the virus and more than 6,000 deaths at the time of this article’s publication.

Author: Leon Wolf

Source: The Blaze: Los Angeles cancels Halloween: After the mayor marched with thousands of protesters in the streets, county health officials declare trick-or-treating unsafe

Grants would provide between six and 24 months of assistance for victims

According to a report from Fox News, the Trump administration is expected to announce on Tuesday that it is directing $35 million worth of grants to organizations that will provide “transitional or short-term” housing assistance to victims of human trafficking. The assistance would cover expenses like rent, utilities, security deposits, and relocation costs.

The report states that the announcement will be made during a roundtable Tuesday that will feature Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, as well as Attorney General William Barr and other Justice Department officials. The grants are expected to be issued from the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime, rather than from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

According to the report, the grants would provide between six and 24 months of assistance for victims of human trafficking, and also help those victims find permanent housing and employment. Occupational training and counseling will also be offered.

Experts in human trafficking have stated that the conditions imposed by the coronavirus lockdowns have enabled human trafficking to flourish. The Justice Department has likewise stated its concern that human trafficking has risen sharply in the last year.

The nonprofit group, Polaris, which runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline, told CBS that the number of human trafficking reports increased by 40% in the month following the institution of lockdown orders across the United States.

According to the CEO of Polaris, Nancy McGuire Choi, “The economic upheaval, the fact that people are essentially trapped with their abusers, the desperate straits so many find themselves in, are conditions where trafficking thrive.”

A senior Justice Department official told CBS that there will be “no limitations” on which survivors are eligible to receive aid through the program, and that, “They’re treating everybody who comes through the door.”

The Trump administration also plans to establish a national network of temporary housing for human trafficking survivors, so that victims who need to travel in order to testify against their abusers will have a place to stay.

Author: Leon Wolf

Source: The Blaze: Trump administration plans to announce $35 million in grants to provide housing for victims of human trafficking

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