NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Strasser today announced a $129,202 grant provided by the U.S. Department of Justice to improve services for crime victims in the Eastern District of Louisiana. The grant, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, is a part of over $144 million distributed nationwide to enhance the district’s response to victims of crime.
“The Department of Justice is steadfast in its commitment to protecting public safety and bringing justice to those who have been victimized,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “The investments we are making today will support service providers as they work to secure the legal rights of victims and put survivors of criminal acts on the road to recovery.”
The awards made to organizations in the Eastern District of Louisiana will advance the use of technology, improve community preparedness and law enforcement training and provide emergency and transitional shelter to assist victims of crime. Programs will also support victims of child abuse and fund research projects related to perpetrators and victims of elder abuse. Approximately $64.3 million was awarded under Office for Victims of Crime grant programs; over $54.1 million was awarded under Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention programs; over $19.9 million was awarded under Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking grant programs; and nearly $5.7 million was awarded under two National Institute of Justice grant programs.
U.S. Attorney Strasser stated, “The announcement of Louisiana’s awards highlights the commitment from the Department of Justice to afford law enforcement the opportunity to develop and enhance programs designed to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) and to provide training and technical assistance to jurisdictions implementing SORNA standards. This training will provide law enforcement with an invaluable tool to protect victims and the community from predators.”
“As lockdowns and lawlessness fuel crime in America’s homes and communities, more people are vulnerable to victimization and those who have been victimized face new hurdles,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “The Office of Justice Programs is committed to giving our victim service partners the tools they need to better serve their clients and protect victims’ rights.”
The following organization received funding:
- St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office: $129,202
More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.
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