Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $449,998)
Children's Justice Act (CJA) Partnerships for Indian Communities Grant Program (Victims of Crime Act of 1984, Section 1402(g), 42 U.S.C. 10601(g) supports American Indian and Alaskan Native communities for the purpose of improving the investigation, prosecution, and handling of child abuse cases, especially cases of child sexual abuse, in a manner that increases support for and lessens trauma to child abuse victims. The funding further supports programs to provide comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary responses to child abuse victims and provide trauma-informed, culturally competent, holistic services to child abuse victims and their families.
Specifically, with this funding the project will: 1) hire a new Child Protection Team Coordinator to provide effective and efficient coordination and management of the Child Protection Team, as well as serve as the primary lead for the provision of clinical assessment and intervention services utilizing a targeted and strategic trauma-informed model of care on behalf; 2) purchase audio and digital recording system to enhance forensic interviewing; 3) obtain additional investigative equipment that will be incorporated into a mobile transport capacity to afford law enforcement the opportunity to work with the geographically broad region live in the field.; and 4) attend additional training to include forensic interviewing and trauma-informed care.