Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $650,000)
The purpose of the FY 2010 Identity Theft Victim Assistance Networks Program is to help expand the outreach and capacity of victim service programs to better address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft through the establishment of collaborative regional, statewide, or community-based coalitions dedicated to improving the response to victims of identity theft.
The Identity Theft Victim Assistance Networks Program is intended to be a three phase process -- supporting one cooperative agreement to Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center Inc. (MCVRC) in phase I (12 months) to support the planning activities of regional, statewide, or community-based organizations in serving victims of identity theft, and based on successful completion of year one activities, to make available (via OVC supplemental award funding)for phase II and III sub-awards to help unite the field of new and existing victim service programs to improve their assistance to this underserved group.
Through MCVRC, the program will create and serve as a National Identity Theft Victims' Network Hub (HUB) to facilitate up to nine (9) sub-awards creating and supporting regional or statewide coalitions to assist victims of identity theft through a network. MCVRC will manage the agreement with assistance of nationally known and respected consultants. The HUB's coalitions will assist victims of identity theft by encouraging the expansion of existing victim service programs to improve the responses to victims of identity theft. Specific project goals include:
1) To provide support and guidance to statewide or regional identity theft victim assistance programs and coalitions in a network;
2) To encourage the expansion of existing victim service programs and coalitions to address the rights and needs of this under-served population; and
3) To offer helpful guidance to victim service programs and coalitions on how they can improve their current service delivery portfolio at the local, state and regional level to better address the needs of and assistance to identity theft victims.