Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $500,000)
This program will implement projects that enhance services for older victims of abuse and financial exploitation. This program is intended to improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation. This award, made to Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC), funded under OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation program, is designed to support communities in providing services to older victims of abuse and exploitation. ANJC will implement 'Project Piqpaqi' serving older victims of abuse and financial exploitation in Southcentral Alaska. Funding will be used to support case-management and civil legal assistance staff dedicated to improving outcomes, minimizing additional trauma, and restoring safety and security to older victims of abuse and financial exploitation in Anchorage, Alaska, with emphasis on outreach to the underserved population of Alaska Native elders. Project Piqpaqi will contribute to the victims field by increasing resources available to elder service providers and criminal justice stakeholders across Southcentral Alaska, including tribal providers, first responders, and courts. Under this project, ANJC will hire Victim Advocate/Case-Manager and Paralegal staff, and will contract with Alaska Legal Services Corporation for the provision of Elder Law services, including attorney representation. The ANJC Project Piqpaqi will offer trainings for professionals, criminal justice stakeholders and community organizations, develop a Southcentral Alaska Elder Justice Resource Manual, and provide direct service.