Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $194,000)
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 award, the Yavapa-Apache Nation is proposing hiring an onsite Therapist with the PA-6 funding that has extensive training in working with children who have been victims of child abuse, neglect and particularly child sexual abuse.
The goal is to minimize trauma to the child/children that have been exposed to situations that are out of their control. The Department of Social Services would also use the PA-6 funding to have staff trained in forensic interviewing.