Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $199,660)
The FY 19 Enhancing Language and Other Access to Services Program seeks to enhance language access services for crime victims to break down barriers that prevent many individuals from reporting crimes and accessing the services they need after crime victimization. Funding will support the provision of direct services, the development of language access plans, and will expand the capacity of community-based organizations to address the needs of victims of crime who are blind, visually impaired, limted English proficient (LEP), Deaf or hard-of hearing.
Through this project, Clackamas Womens Services, A Safe Place Family Justice Center for Clackamas County (ASP-FJC), and ASP-FJC partner agencies will work together to enhance language access and other essential services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, stalking, human trafficking, and vulnerable adult and elder abuse in Clackamas County, Oregon over a two-year period. ASP-FJC will implement a Center-wide language access plan that is consistently used by all partners; provide regular trainings to ASP-FJC partners and key community stakeholders on best practices in serving victims who are blind, visually impaired, LEP, Deaf, and/or hard-of-hearing; and enhance the wraparound supports offered through the Center, including the provision of legal services, interpretation and translation services, and direct client assistance.