This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $453,666)
The Vision 21 Victim Legal Assistance Networks program supports the development of networks that collaboratively provide free, comprehensive, holistic legal assistance to victims to address the range of legal needs that may arise in the wake of victimization. At a minimum, the sites will provide legal services that include civil legal assistance (including, but not limited to, family, custody and dependency, employment, and administrative issues related to the victimization); enforcement of victims' rights in criminal proceedings; assistance for victims of identity theft and financial fraud; and immigration assistance for human trafficking victims and battered immigrant women.
Funding for this first 18-month phase will support extensive planning that includes formation of a steering committee or governing body made up of network partners, conducting a comprehensive needs assessment, development of a detailed implementation plan that includes policies, procedures, and protocols for providing victims with necessary legal services and referrals within the network. Grantees will establish a partnership with a local, external researcher to work with the network to develop and conduct the needs assessment. Grantees also will work closely with the technical assistance provider awarded funding under this program.
With funding under this award, the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will undertake planning for and development of a statewide comprehensive victim legal assistance network in Georgia.
Findings from OVCs major, ongoing, strategic-planning initiative, Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services, strongly indicate there is a critical need for comprehensive, wraparound, no-cost legal services for victims of crime. In FY 2014, OVC released the Vision 21 Victim Legal Assistance Networks Program, a multi-year program supporting four agencies that administer Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) assistance funding in the states and the District of Columbia to implement comprehensive, wraparound, pro bono victim legal assistance networks at a statewide, regional, or local level.
With their initial V21 Legal Assistance Network awards, the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), working in partnership with the Georgia Legal Services Program, the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and their research partner, Georgia State University, developed a comprehensive statewide legal network to be piloted at different urban and rural sites through the state.
With this supplemental award, CJCC and its partners will continue to build the pro bono legal network across the state, insure victims receive holistic wraparound legal services, and provide a greater awareness of access to services. CJCC and its partners will use the Victim Legal Assistance Networks continuation funding to sustain and hire navigators and attorneys to work specifically on the project at the test sites, establish a Standing Advisory Committee to evaluate the policies and protocols established during the planning phase, and train other state victim service providers to become members of the network thereby assisting victims of all types of crime in Georgia.