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Community Outreach

Community engagement helps raise awareness, educate vulnerable populations and support viable crime prevention programs. The U.S. Attorney’s Office’s community outreach programs educate people in the district on countering violent extremism, civil rights, gun violence prevention, neighborhood safety, human trafficking, child exploitation and internet safety.

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February 2018 
Volume 6 Edition 1




Justice department grants support outreach efforts of state, local and non-profit agencies

U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman announced that the Department of Justice has recently awarded more than $13 million in grants to state, local and non-profit agencies in the Southern District of Ohio to support the agencies’ outreach efforts.

“These funds support agencies that are crucial to delivering justice to crime victims, addressing the opioid epidemic, preventing sexual assault and providing mental health services to victims and families affected by crime,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “The funding from DOJ represents one of the department’s best investments in improving lives and assuring that justice is served.”

Here is a partial list of the grants that have been awarded recently. For more information on how to learn about the availability of upcoming DOJ grants, see the “Grant Opportunities” section of this newsletter.

Services for Victims of Sexual Assault

The Ohio Department of Health was awarded $513,875 from DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women Sexual Assault Services Program. They will use the money to support rape crisis centers and to support dual programs that provide domestic violence and sexual violence intervention services.

The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services received approximately $4.7 million through the STOP (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecution) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program (STOP Program). This grant program was authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 and reauthorized by subsequent legislation. The STOP Program encourages partnerships between law enforcement, prosecution, courts and victim services organizations to enhance victim safety and hold offenders accountable for their crimes against women. The goal of the grant program is to develop and strengthen victim services, including community-based, culturally-specific services, in cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.

The Ohio Domestic Violence Network was awarded $347,520 through a Consolidated Grant Program to address children and youth experiencing domestic and sexual assault and to engage men and boys as allies. The program also supports engaging men projects that develop and implement strategies that focus on the inclusion and engagement of men as role models and key influencers in public education campaigns, community organizing activities and/or primary prevention strategies.

On Campus

Wright State University received $297,071. This grant supports Wright State’s partnership with the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization Coordinated Community Response team. They will use the funding as part of their efforts to prevent campus sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

A grant award of $299,822 went to Central State University in Wilberforce from the same program to enhance their partnership with Project Women of Springfield’s Rape Crisis Center, Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County, the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and the Greene County Prosecutor’s Victim Witness Division to provide prevention education and survivors access to services they need.

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

The Department of Justice provided the Ohio Supreme Court with $1 million through the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based program. The program supports multi-disciplinary action groups involving courts, law enforcement, health care, treatment providers and community organizations. The Ohio Supreme Court also received $703,319 for the family drug court statewide system reform implementation effort. Grant documents indicate that the court will use the money to expand family dependency treatment courts. 

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners received $400,000 for the Opioid Abuse Site-based program there.

Grants to fight opioid abuse also went to Franklin County in the amount of $399,999.

The Ohio Pharmacy Board received $399,999.

Meeting Mental Health Needs

The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati received $325,000 through DOJ’s Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program. Project CARE (Community, Accessibility, Response, Education) is a collaborative of disability and victim service providers in Greater Cincinnati/Hamilton County with a mission to transform services into a seamless system that fully meets the needs of individuals with disabilities who are victims or survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence, stalking, or sexual assault. The “Y” will use its grant to expand its focus to youth and non-intimate partner sexual assault, and survivors with co-occurring disabilities.

The City of Sharonville was awarded $72,243 to support efforts by law enforcement, mental health agencies and local government leaders to improve response to people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders.

Montgomery County received $226,809 for its Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. The program is a collaboration between justice and mental health partners including law enforcement, mental health courts, pretrial services and diversion/alternative prosecution and sentencing. The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Union County received $199,878 through the same program.

The Office of Criminal Justice Services received $279,747 to use in the implementation of collaboration plans between justice and mental health partners. Grant funds may be used to support law enforcement response programs including mental health courts, pretrial services, and diversion/alternative prosecution and sentencing programs. Funds may also be used for treatment accountability services, specialized training for justice and treatment professionals as well as corrections/community corrections, transitional and reentry services to create or expand mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders support services; and non-treatment recovery support services coordination and delivery. These services may also include case management, housing placement and supportive housing, job training and placement, education, primary and mental health care and family supportive services.

Outreach to Youth

Lighthouse Youth Services in Cincinnati was awarded $300,000 from DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through the federal Second Chance Act. Grant documents indicate that they will use the funds for the Juvenile Reentry Services Initiative, a partnership between Lighthouse Youth Services, Inc.’s Hamilton County Reentry Program and the Children’s Law Center’s youth reentry staff attorney. Their goal is to help youth successfully reintegrate into their communities following secure confinement or out-of-home placement. The initiative will assist youth and families in maintaining stable housing and will eliminate or mitigate barriers to education placements, employment and other legal collateral consequences of juvenile justice system involvement.

Helping Victims of State Crimes

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office received more than $4.2 million from the Crime Victim Funds to enhance state victim compensation payments to eligible crime victims.

Recruiting the Best and the Brightest

The Ohio Department of Higher Education received $54,397 to provide student loan repayment as an incentive for attorneys to serve as prosecutors and public defenders.

Congress enacted the John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act to encourage qualified attorneys to choose careers as prosecutors and public defenders and to continue in that service. The John R. Justice (JRJ) Student Loan Repayment Grant Program provides loan repayment assistance for local, state and federal public defenders and local and state prosecutors who commit to continued employment as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years.

Learn more about the program here.


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To learn more about any of the outreach programming detailed in the newsletter, or to arrange a presentation for your group, contact Jennifer Thornton at


Jan. 30: Assistant U.S. Attorney SaMee Harden spoke to the Black Law Student Association at the University of Dayton.

Jan. 9: U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman spoke at the Federal Bar Admission Ceremony in Cincinnati.

Dec. 18: Victim Witness Specialist Acquanette Lindsay offered training for the staff of Lighthouse Youth Services about human trafficking. The training was a combined effort by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Ohio Attorney General’s Crime Victims Section, the FBI, the Blue Ash Police Department and the Salvation Army Cincinnati.

Dec. 11: U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman met with delegates from Macedonia participating in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program in Cincinnati. They discussed the Rule of Law and the role of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Dec. 7: U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman attended a dinner for civic, business and non-profit leaders at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati titled “Influencers Leading & Building Bridges of Unity.”

Dec. 7: Assistant U.S. Attorney Karl Kadon participated in a panel discussion on opioid enforcement as part of the Cincinnati Bar Association Health Care Law Update.

Dec. 5: Deputy Criminal Chief Brenda Shoemaker and Senior Litigation Counsel Doug Squires met with a delegation from Moldova studying U.S. banking and criminal justice systems. Chief U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. facilitated the meeting.

Nov. 11: Assistant U.S. Attorney Karl Kadon joined other Military Veterans at an event hosted by U.S. District Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman and the U.S. Probation Office. They discussed their experiences in the military and re-adjusting to civilian life.

Nov. 10: Assistant U.S. Attorney David Devillers talked with probation clients during Columbus’ Safe Neighborhood Initiative, which seeks to reduce violent crime in Columbus.

Nov. 9: Assistant U.S. Attorney Karl Kadon was the special guest of the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law Criminal Law Society. During their “coffee hour,” he met with students to offer law school and career advice.

Nov. 8: Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandi Stewart participated in a conference hosted by the Ohio Inspector General during National Fraud Awareness Week. The theme was “Targeting Fraud. Safeguarding Integrity.”

Nov. 8: Assistant U.S. Attorney Johnathan J.C. Grey spoke to undergraduate students at Ohio University about criminal justice issues in America.

Oct. 26: Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Thornton moderated a panel discussion on the state’s opioid crisis. The discussion was part of the 2017 Restored Citizen Summit. Panelists included Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz M.D., Debbie Helldoerfer, Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program Counselor, Theresa R. Seagraves, Director of Health Systems and Planning with Franklin County Public Health, Patti Bernett, Forensic Peer Specialist with COVA/Southeast Inc.

Oct. 25: U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman met with delegates from Tunisia participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors’ Leadership Program in Cincinnati.  They discussed anti-corruption efforts and government accountability.

Oct. 25: Victim Witness Specialist Acquanette Lindsay spoke to the Senior Resource Connection of Dayton about the rights victims of federal crimes have.

Oct. 19: Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy Muncy delivered the keynote address at the Rape Crisis and Abuse Shelter of Warren County. The evening honored the work of the individuals at the Center for their service to victims of violent crimes.

Oct. 3: U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman and Appellate Chief Mary Beth Young spoke to the Sixth Circuit Appellate Practice Institute in Cincinnati. The day’s topics included “Behind the Scenes in the Clerk’s Office,” “Effective Brief Writing” and “How to Win A Case from a Judge’s Perspective.” Glassman spoke on “Continuity in the Department of Justice.”

Oct. 3: Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Glenn-Applegate participated in a panel discussion at the Ohio Statehouse on “Hate Crimes in the Current Environment.”

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Updated February 13, 2018

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