The Justice Department joins survivors, victim services providers, justice professionals and others in recognizing the month of January as National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). According to the CDC, an estimated one in three women and one in six men experience stalking in their lifetimes. This NSAM, the department reaffirms its commitment to survivors by honoring and providing resources to those leading efforts in supporting survivors and preventing stalking crimes. Read more...
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The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Fiscal Year 2023 Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life (Abuse in Later Life Program) Solicitation is now available. This grant program supports a comprehensive approach to addressing abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, neglect, abandonment, economic abuse, or willful harm committed against victims who are 50 years of age or older. Eligible Applicants Eligible applicants are limited to: States; units of local government; tribal governments or tribal organizations; population specific organizations; victim service providers; and state, tribal, or territorial domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions. For more information, see [...]
NOW OPEN: OVW's FY 2023 Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program Solicitation OVW’s Legal Assistance for Victims Program is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth (ages 11 to 24) victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault by providing funds for comprehensive direct legal service to victims in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence. Eligible applicants include Indian tribal governments, tribal organizations, nonprofit organizations, legal service providers, victim service providers, and institutions of higher education. Important Dates and Information Application deadline [...]
OVW’s Legal Assistance for Victims Program Expanding Legal Services Initiative (ELSI) is intended to enable eligible organizations that do not currently offer legal services to establish a program that provides legal representation to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Organizations funded under this solicitation may be eligible for up to five years of funding, two years under this solicitation and an additional three years of noncompetitive funding, provided certain conditions are met. Eligible applicants include Indian tribal governments, tribal organizations, nonprofit organizations, legal service providers, and victim service providers. Important Dates and Information Application deadline for Grants.gov: [...]
The Department of Justice today announced the opening of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) period for comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. CTAS funding supports crime prevention activities, victim services, and coordinated community responses to violence against Native American individuals. Administered by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), CTAS posts today online at https://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations. The solicitation includes directions on how federally recognized tribal governments and tribal consortia can apply for funding. The grants.gov application deadline for CTAS is March 21, 2023, at 8:59 p.m. EST, [...]
The Grants to Support Families in the Justice System Program (referred to as the Justice for Families Program) was authorized in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 to improve the response of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse. The program supports the following activities for improving the capacity of courts and communities to respond to families affected by the targeted crimes: court-based and court-related programs; supervised visitation and safe exchange by and between parents; training for [...]
On December 5, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6) introduced the Honoring Promises to Native Nations Act (S. 5186). The bill, which was initially proposed by Senator Warren and then-Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM-1) in 2019, is a response to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report: Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans. The Honoring Promises to Native Nations Act will address the chronic underfunding of essential services and programs in Indian Country, including criminal justice and public safety, health care, education, housing, and economic development.
The issue is whether a federal law that seeks to place Native American foster children in Native American homes is constitutional. The case could turn on whether the justices see tribes as racial groups or sovereign nations. The little girl who will soon be known by the nine justices of the United States Supreme Court as Y.R.J. is now 4 years old. For much of her short life she has been living with Dr. Jennifer Brackeen and Chad Brackeen, a suburban Texas couple fighting with the Navajo Nation to adopt her. Y.R.J.’s birth mother is Navajo. The Brackeens are white. On [...]
Seraphine Warren stepped foot in Washington on Sunday evening, with the eagle feathers on her prayer staff waving in the breeze, as she completed her nearly 2,400-mile prayer walk from Sweetwater, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. She undertook the journey in honor of her aunt Ella Mae Begay, a Dineh (Navajo) elder who disappeared 16 months ago, and to raise awareness of the alarming numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous people, especially women. The missing and murdered Indigenous women movement (#MMIW) has gained traction in recent years as Native American activists have criticized tribal and federal law enforcement officials for failing [...]
The Justice Department today released revised Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance. The revised guidelines update, for the first time in a decade, when and how Department employees work with victims and witnesses of crime to ensure that their voices are heard and that they are protected during criminal justice proceedings. The guidelines apply to all department employees engaged in the investigative, prosecutorial, correctional, and parole functions within the criminal justice system. In 1982, Congress directed the Attorney General to promulgate the first Attorney General guidelines, which have been revised periodically to reflect changes in the law. This update [...]