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Funding Opportunity: Apply to Host a Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow

Equal Justice Works invites eligible organizations to apply to participate in the Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellowship Program, an exciting new initiative—funded by the Office for Victims of Crime—to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims.

The Crime Victims Justice Corps will mobilize 62 Fellows and 34 summer law students over a two-year Fellowship period, from June 2018 to May 2020.

Fellows and law students will work at nonprofit organizations across the country:

  • 45 Fellows will serve human trafficking survivors.
  • 17 Fellows will serve survivors of campus sexual assault, fraud and/or identity theft, and hate crime, and immigrant victims.
  • 34 Law students will work during the summers (17 each summer), supporting the Fellows.

Learn more and apply by March 14, 2018.

(Posted February 14, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: 2018 National Identity Theft Assistance Network Expansion Program

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), through a cooperative agreement with U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), announced a new grant opportunity under the National Identity Theft Assistance Network Expansion Program (NITVAN II).

National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network ExpansionThrough NITVAN II, ITRC awarded six grants to coalition leaders across the nation in 2017. Learn more about these identity theft and cybercrime coalitions.

ITRC anticipates making up to 10 additional awards to organizations that will develop and lead an identity theft and/or cybercrime coalition.

This funding opportunity builds on prior NITVAN II efforts, and will further strengthen the network previously established. Each coalition will work to expand services to better address the rights and needs of identity theft and/or cybercrime victims. Applicants may achieve this goal through various initiatives, including, but not limited to—

  • community outreach and public awareness campaigns,
  • improved interagency infrastructure, coordination, and referrals, and
  • education and training of service professionals within the geographic region.

Successful applicants will be awarded up to $50,000, for a period of 1 year (October 2018–September 2019).

Learn more and apply by May 31, 2018.

(Posted February 13, 2018)

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Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence

With support from OVC, and in collaboration with the National Crime Victim Law Institute, the International Association of Chiefs of Police recently announced funding for six law enforcement agencies to identify, address, and prevent gender bias.

Part of a national demonstration site initiative, these agencies will receive support to strengthen their response to victims and improve their investigations of sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence, and stalking. Agencies receiving funds are the—

  • City of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Police Department,
  • Clark County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office,
  • Denton, Texas, Police Department,
  • Iowa City, Iowa, Police Department,
  • Nampa, Idaho, Police Department, and
  • Vancouver, Washington, Police Department.

Learn more on the International Association of Chiefs of Police website.

(Posted February 6, 2018)

Gender Bias Initiative Infographic
 View the Gender Bias Initiative Infographic  

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National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, recently announced six awards to lead identity theft coalitions. Each grantee will use this funding support to help expand and improve services to identity theft and cybercrime victims in their respective state or region.

These awards were made under the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Expansion (NITVAN II) project, which receives its funding from OVC.

This year’s grantees are:

National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Expansion
  • Attorney General, Massachusetts
  • Minnesota Alliance on Crime
  • Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance
  • Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.
  • The National Cybersecurity Society
  • Cybercrime Support Network

In addition, a partnership was established between the ITRC and the National Center for Victims of Crime to aid ITRC in supporting the coalition-building efforts.

Learn more about this project on the Identity Theft Resource Center website.

(Posted November 13, 2017)

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Funding Opportunity: Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), with funding support from OVC, is seeking applications from law enforcement agencies to be part of a demonstration initiative, Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence. Through this funding opportunity, IACP seeks to improve community trust through response to, and investigation of, domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Successful applicants will work closely with project staff and community partners to assess current practices and build agency-wide capacity to implement trauma-informed, victim-focused policies and procedures.

IACP expects to make up to four total awards not exceeding $225,000 per year for up to 3 years.

On September 25, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., join IACP for a webinar that will provide details and guidance for potential applicants.

Part I application submissions are due October 9, 2017.

Learn more and apply on the IACP website.

(Posted September 15, 2017)

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Learn More About OVC’s Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

OVC released the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit in April 2017 to address the negative effects of exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people.

The toolkit was created through an OVC grant to Northeastern University, and in an article from News @ Northeastern, Associate Professor Beth Molnar discusses the comprehensive efforts that were involved in developing this important resource.

The process of creating the toolkit included a national survey, calls for materials from the field, a systematic review of research literature and websites, expert summits, the development of 16 new tools, a pilot study of the website that included focus groups, and interviews in seven locations around the country.

In the article, Molnar says that “talking about the impact of trauma has been considered taboo—until now. We’re changing that social norm so there’s a positive, promotive, preventative set of responsibilities organizations can take on to make this kind of work healthy for people dealing with what we now call an occupational challenge, rather than a hazard or a negative part of the work."

(Posted July 31, 2017)

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Roadmap to Assist Trafficking Survivors with Post-Conviction Legal Support

The U.S. Department of State notes that “authorities often fail to properly screen and identify victims of human trafficking when they detain or arrest criminal suspects. This can result in a second victimization when victims are punished for their engagement in the crimes their traffickers forced them to commit."

To address this issue, the American Bar Association, with funding support from OVC, published, Post-Conviction Advocacy for Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Guide for Attorneys (PDF 844 kb).

This guide serves as a roadmap for practitioners who represent trafficking survivors in post-conviction efforts to clear, vacate, expunge, or seal criminal records. It contains important filing considerations for motion practice, best practices for employing a trauma-informed approach to client interviewing and representation, and other best practices for advocates.

(Posted July 5, 2017)

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Past News from Grantees

March 2017

National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Funds Awarded to Support Victims

The Identity Theft Resource Center, a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, will make 10 awards under the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN II) solicitation.

NITVAN II, with funding support from OVC, seeks to enhance and expand the capabilities of service providers helping victims of identity theft and cybercrime to expand and improve their outreach through coalition building efforts nationwide.

Ten successful applicants will be selected to establish and lead a coalition in their designated service area. These coalitions will be awarded up to $50,000 each for allowable activities.

Each coalition will develop a sustainable support system of victim service providers, fostering member collaboration and increasing the availability of services to address the needs and rights of victims of identity theft and cybercrime.

Applicants are limited to public or private victim serving entities. This includes nonprofit organizations (including American Indian Nation nonprofit organizations), faith-based and community organizations, federally recognized American Indian Nation governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), as well as local and state government entities.

Apply by June 9, 2017.

(Posted March 3, 2017, Updated May 3, 2017)


November 2016

National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Funds Awarded to Support Victims

The Identity Theft Resource Center, a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, has received a National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN II) grant awarded by OVC. This grant will enable the ITRC to provide technical expertise, assistance, and training to support coalitions who seek to improve services to all types of identity theft victims.

“Identity theft is often a complex and challenging crime that many victims experience as intensely traumatic," said OVC Director Joye E. Frost. “NITVAN coalitions provide victims of identity theft with critical resources ranging from legal assistance to online educational information to outreach materials informing victims about how to receive the help they need."

Read more about the Identity Theft Resource Center.

(Posted November 10, 2016)


October 2016

Be Counted! Participate in the National Census of Victim Service Providers

National Census of Victim Service Providers The first phase of the National Census of Victim Service Providers (NCVSP) is now underway.

OVC Director Joye E. Frost encourages all victim service providers to complete this critical census once you have received an invitation to participate.

The NCVSP will provide the first comprehensive national picture of the existing response system for victims of crime and abuse. This information can be used by OVC and other federal agencies to gain a deeper understanding of gaps in services and delivery methods. It will also provide vital data to better demonstrate the need for adequate resource allocation.

The NCVSP is being conducted by RAND, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and survey firm NORC. Read more about the NCVSP on the project website.

(Posted October 27, 2016)


Video Shows Importance of Law Enforcement Response and Services to DUI Victims

Drunk driving crashes are crimes, not accidents. Alcohol impaired driving crashes cause thousands of deaths and injuries every year.

A new National Sheriffs' Association video, DUI Crashes: Real Crimes, Real Victims, addresses the need for law enforcement to respond to and interact with DUI crash victims in a victim-centered way, with all the referrals, support, and resources due to victims of a violent crime.

The video, which was produced with OVC grant funding, describes the importance of clearly communicating services that are available to victims of crime. This includes victim compensation available in every state and territory through the Crime Victims Fund.

View additional resources to assist and train law enforcement when working with victims.

(Posted October 12, 2016)

September 2016

National Census of Victim Service Providers Webinars

National Census of Victim Service Providers In order to build the necessary capacity to better serve victims, their families, and communities, OVC has partnered with the Bureau of Justice Statistics to launch the National Census of Victim Service Providers.

The census is the first phase of a nationwide data collection effort that will define the diverse field of victim service providers and identify the size and scope of the victim services field.

This information can be used to gain a deeper understanding of gaps in services and service delivery methods, provide vital data to better demonstrate the need for adequate resource allocation, and enhance victim service organizations’ ability to focus requests for funding.

OVC Director Joye E. Frost encourages all victim service provides to participate in the census.

Register today for one of three upcoming webinars to discuss the survey and research program:

  • September 28, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. EDT
  • October 13, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • November 7, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. EST

The Census is being conducted by RAND, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and survey firm NORC. The census should reach every victim service organization or agency in the fall of 2017.

(Posted September 28, 2016)