Trump’s DOJ Gave $500K To A Religious Group Called ‘Hookers For Jesus’
A whistleblower complaint revealed that the Department of Justice had given over $1 million in anti-human trafficking grants to two groups, Hookers for Jesus and the Lincoln Tubman Foundation, rather than highly recommended groups, according to Newsweek.
An internal DOJ memo recommended on September 12 that the grant money go to the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach and Chicanos Por La Causa of Phoenix. Those recommendations were based on reviews from outside contractors. However, the grant money went to two organizations that received lower ratings from the contractors.
Head of the Office of Justice Programs, Katharine Sullivan, approved the decision to distribute the grant money to Hookers for Jesus and the Lincoln Tubman Foundation, telling Reuters, “Our funding decisions are based on a merit-based review system.”
Hookers for Jesus is a Christian organization founded by former sex worker and sex trafficking victim Annie Lobert in 2017. The organization operates a one-year safehouse program for sex-trafficking victims and women who want to leave sex work.
Lobert’s organization has received $530,190 over three years and has been criticized for its strict rules in the safehouse, including banning “secular magazines with articles, pictures, etc. that portray worldly views/advice on living, sex, clothing, makeup tips,” and making attendance of the organization’s religious services mandatory.
The staff manual also says homosexuality is immoral. Lobert’s organization’s policies could violate federal anti-discrimination laws.
The Lincoln Tubman Foundation was given $549,345 over three years and was founded in 2018 by Brooke Burris. According to the recommendation memos, the organization has “little to no experience.”