Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $448,481)
Children's Justice Act (CJA) Partnerships for Indian Communities Grant Program (Victims of Crime Act of 1984, Section 1402(g), 34 U.S.C. 20101(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.
With this funding, the Gila River Indian Community will hire a 1.0 FTE Pediatric SANE Coordinator to provide sexual assault forensic exams to victims of child sexual abuse, and soundproof a forensic interviewing room at the tribes Family Advocacy Center.