Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $289,553)
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.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe requested funding to enhance the Department of Child Protective Services through critical training for staff to improve the departments investigation and prosecution of criminal child abuse including child sexual abuse and sex trafficking of children and equip our staff to minimize trauma to child victims as they go through the prosecution process. With this funding, Oglala Sioux Tribe will: 1) hire a full-time Child Advocate Coordinator to coordinate and ensure that all grant activities are carried out on-time; 2) support training costs to cover the cost of trainings for the Child Advocate Coordinator and members of the Task Force; and 3) purchase outreach supplies.