Director Rosie Hidalgo Delivers Remarks to the Fifth General Assembly of the National Congress of American Indians’ 80th Annual Convention & Marketplace
The Justice Department announced that it will award $68,196,816 through 88 grants to American Indian and Alaska Native communities to provide services and promote justice for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking. The awards are administered through the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and will enhance Tribal justice systems, support an array of services for victims of these crimes, and provide training and technical assistance to service providers and Tribal governments. The awards were announced in conjunction with the 5th annual Tribal Governments Program Summit in Jacksonville, Florida.
“For too long, Alaska Native and American Indian communities have endured persistent and disproportionate levels of violence,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “These grants are another step in the Justice Department’s efforts to work in partnership with Tribes to deliver justice for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking, and to help make Tribal communities safer.”
One National Institute of Justice study found that over 80% of American Indian and Alaska Native individuals have experienced violence in their lifetimes. This includes over 56% of women and 27% of men who have experienced sexual violence, and over 55% of women and 43% of men who have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner.
“American Indian and Alaska Native individuals experience unacceptably high rates of violence, which is in many ways a direct reflection of systematic injustice and institutional failures these populations face,” said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. “Through the authority and funding in VAWA 2022, the Justice Department is strengthening our partnerships with more Tribes, supporting communities in holding individuals accountable, and focusing on solutions that center survivors.”
“American Indian and Alaska Native communities know best the unique challenges they face and how best to allocate resources, strengthen prevention efforts, and provide pathways for safety, healing, and justice for survivors,” said OVW Director Rosie Hidalgo. “Today’s grant announcements are a direct result of Tribes, advocates, and survivors who have bravely shared their stories, challenges, recommendations, and leadership. We look forward to continuing our strong partnerships with Tribes and strengthening the collaboration to advance these shared goals.”
Today’s announced grants include:
48 grants totaling $39,958,557 under OVW’s Tribal Governments Program to support Tribes in developing strategies to respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking against Indian women, support survivor safety, and develop education and prevention strategies;
20 grants totaling $7,643,760 under the Grants to Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions Program to encourage the development of nonprofit, nongovernmental Tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions;
Seven grants totaling $6,450,000 under the Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program to support projects that create, maintain, and expand services for sexual assault survivors provided by Tribes, Tribal organizations, and nonprofits within Tribal lands;
Four grants totaling $6 million under the Special Tribal Criminal Jurisdiction Grant Program for Tribal governments to provide support and technical assistance in planning and implementing changes in their criminal justice systems to exercise special criminal jurisdiction and for expenses incurred in exercising the jurisdiction. In addition, OVW will award two grants totaling $3 million under the Special Tribal Criminal Jurisdiction: Targeted Support for Alaska Native Tribes Special Initiative;
Five grants totaling $4,149,999 under OVW’s Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Initiative, which funds the salary, training, travel, and supplies for Tribal prosecutors who are designated as Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (SAUSAs) to work directly with U.S. Attorney’s Offices in their investigation and prosecution of Indian country domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking cases; and
Two grants totaling $994,500 under OVW’s National Tribal Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault (NTCSA) initiative to provide training and technical assistance on issues related to sexual assault of American Indian and Alaska Native women.
OVW administers grant programs designed to develop the nation’s capacity to reduce sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. Tribal organizations and governments interested in applying for these and other grants are encouraged to visit the OVW website for more details and application guidelines.
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