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93.604 Assistance to Torture Victims
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Torture Victims of Relief Act of 1998, Public Law 105-320; Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 1999, Public Law 106-87.
To provide services and rehabilitation for victims of torture, with a special emphasis on timely and appropriate services to asylum applicants entering the United States that have been recent victims of torture. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) will provide a comprehensive program of support for domestic centers and programs for victims of torture.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Allowable services include treatment, social and legal services, provision of research and training to health care providers to enable them to treat the physical and psychological effects of torture. ORR funding will provide direct services to victims of torture, including services for rehabilitation, and social and legal services. ORR will support training to health care professionals to enable them to recognize and treat the physical and psychological effects of torture. A portion will be used for identifying and sharing best practices in rehabilitation services among health care professionals through conferences and professional symposia.
Applicant Eligibility: Eligible applicants are public or private organizations and institutions.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372. There will be no application and award process. All appropriated funds are committed to current programs.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Progress reports and financial reports are required on a semi-annual basis. Final program and financial reports summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the project in relation to the approved goals and objectives are also required.
Account Identification: 75-1503-0-1-609.
In fiscal year 2001, 26 grants were awarded. It is estimated that 26 grants will be awarded in fiscal year 2002 and 26 grants in fiscal year 2003. ORR estimates that 1,200 torture victims are being served.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Regional or Local Office: None.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Twenty-one projects provided a combination of physical, psychological and social services according to the individuals needs. If legal services are needed, most clients are referred to legal resources. Four projects provided legal services to victims of torture and when needed by the clients make referrals for the physical, psychological and social services. One project provided technical assistance to all the grantees and other projects that provide assistance to victims of torture. The assistance is in the form of training institutes, onsite visits,and consultation by telephone.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Notice of the criteria for awarding funds is published in the Federal Register or other program announcement for each type of demonstration. See the information contact section for more information.