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16.583 Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities
OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Victims of Crime Act of 1984, as amended, Public Law 98-473; Children's Justice and Assistance Act of 1986, Public Law 99-401, as amended; Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690, Section 1402 (g)(L); Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1995; Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994; Subtitle C, Public Law 104-132; Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996; Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Enforcement Act of 2000; Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997, Public Law 104-298; Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Public Law 106-386.
Fifteen percent of the first $20 million of funds from the Crime Victims Fund that are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Children's Justice Act are to be statutorily reserved by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to make grants for the purpose of assisting Native American Indian tribes in developing, establishing, and operating programs designed to improve the handling of child abuse cases, particularly cases of child sexual abuse, in a manner which limits additional trauma to the child victim and improves the investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Funds are available specifically for the purpose of assisting Indian tribes in developing, establishing, and operating programs designed to improve (a) the handling of child abuse cases, particularly cases of child sexual abuse, in a manner which limits additional trauma to the victim and (b) the investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse.
Applicant Eligibility: Federally recognized Indian tribal governments and nonprofit Indian organizations that provide services to Native Americans. Specific criteria will vary depending on the grant.
Pre-application Coordination: The standard application form furnished by the Federal agency in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule) must be used for all grants made by OVC. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: In-kind match is required as follows: 10 percent year 1; 15 percent year 2; 25 percent year 3.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Quarterly and final financial reports and semi- annual program performance reports will be required as stipulated in the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide. A final financial and program report also will be required.
Account Identification: 15-5041-0-2-754.
Fifty-five tribal programs to improve the investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases have been funded.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Applications and current edition of the Financial Guide are available by writing to the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531.
Regional or Local Office: None.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Tribes will implement a variety of programs to improve the way in which child sexual abuse cases are handled in Indian country. Examples of some of the activities are: development of written protocols between agencies to minimize the number of child interviews and improve case management; provision of child advocacy in the court process; reduction in the amount of time required to investigate cases of child sexual abuse; revision of tribal codes to include child abuse; establishment of special multidisciplinary child interviewing teams; provision of specialized training for investigators and judicial personnel; and hiring of staff to increase the numbers of child sexual abuse cases prosecuted in tribal, State, and Federal courts. CJA funds will also be used for training and technical assistance for tribes in implementing the grants awarded.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
General criteria for selecting proposals are spelled out in the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690, Section 1402. Additional criteria will be developed by the Office for Victims of Crime and will be published in the Federal Register and OJP grant packages.