Children"s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities

Fifteen percent of the first $20 million of funds from the Crime Victims Fund that are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Children"s Justice Act are to be statutorily reserved by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to make grants for the purpose of assisting Native
American Indian tribes in developing, establishing, and operating programs designed to improve the handling of child abuse cases, particularly cases of child sexual abuse, in a manner which limits additional trauma to the child victim and improves the investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Tribes will implement a variety of programs to improve the way in which child sexual abuse cases are handled in Indian country.

Examples of some of the activities are: development of written protocols between agencies to minimize the number of child interviews and improve case management; provision of child advocacy in the court process; reduction in the amount of time required to investigate cases of child sexual abuse; revision of tribal codes to include child abuse; establishment of special multidisciplinary child interviewing teams; provision of specialized training for investigators and judicial personnel; and hiring of staff to increase the numbers of child sexual abuse cases prosecuted in tribal, State, and Federal courts.

CJA funds will also be used for training and technical assistance for tribes in implementing the grants awarded.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Website Address

http://www.usdoj.gov



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: Since 1989, the Office for Victims of Crime has funded over 200 individual grants to tribes and nonprofit tribal agencies through the CJA grant program. These tribal programs have made a number of systemic improvements in the investigation, prosecution and case management of child abuse cases in Indian Country. These improvements include:

• Established Multi-Disciplinary Teams and provide training;
• Revised tribal codes and procedures to address child abuse and neglect;
• Trained and reinforced protocols for reporting, investigating, and prosecuting chills abuse and neglect
• Provided specialized training for professionals who handle child sexual abuse cases; and
Collaborated with child advocacy centers to implement the utilization of child centered interview rooms. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are available specifically for the purpose of assisting Indian tribes in developing, establishing, and operating programs designed to improve (a) the handling of child abuse cases, particularly cases of child sexual abuse, in a manner which limits additional trauma to the victim and (b) the investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Law, Justice, and Legal Services.

Federally Recognized lndian Tribal Governments: Law, Justice, and Legal Services.

Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Law, Justice, and Legal Services

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individual/Family; Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans); Native American Organizations; American Indian; Child (6-15); Youth (16-21)

Credentials/Documentation

Applications must be on Standard Form 424 at a time specified by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs and must: (1) contain OJP Form 4061/6 (Certifications Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements); (2) assure that the grantee will provide such accounting, auditing, monitoring and evaluation procedures as may be necessary, and keep such records as the Office of Justice Programs may prescribe, to assure fiscal control, proper management and efficient disbursement of Federal funds; (3) assure that the Grantee will submit to the Office of Justice Programs a semiannual program performance report of data and information as required; (4) assure that the Grantee will adhere to the audit and financial management requirements set forth in the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide, and (5) certify that the information in the application is correct and that the Grantee will comply with all applicable provisions of the Victims of Crime Act and other Federal laws, regulations, and circulars, including Subtitle A, Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. In accordance with the Common Rule, Standard Form 424 must be submitted by nonfederal agencies applying for funding under this program. Competitive solicitations are announced on Grants.gov.

Award Procedures

The Director, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs has final approval authority. Grants are made directly to Indian tribes as defined in Section 450(b) of the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act. Awards may also be granted to nonprofit organizations that provide services to American Indians or State or local governments. Generally, awards will be made on a competitive basis with applications reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts who will assess application submissions based on established criteria and forward a recommendation to the Director.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Victims of Crime Act of 1984, as amended, Public Law 98-473; Children"s Justice and Assistance Act of 1986, Public Law 99-401, as amended; Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690, Section 1402 (g)(L); Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1995; Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994; Subtitle C, Public Law 104-132; Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996; Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Enforcement Act of 2000; Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997, Public Law 104-298; Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Public Law 106-386.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 4 to 6 months.

Appeals

Hearing by the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs.

Renewals

Awards range from 12 to 36 months. Renewals are considered on a case-by case-basis.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are generally awarded for a 12 to 36 month time period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Please see program office for more information.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Semi-annual program performance reports will be required as stipulated by the program office.

Quarterly reports will be required as stipulated in the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide.

A final financial and program report also will be required.

Performance measure data are required as specified in the solicitation.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. All organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee"s fiscal year.

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a period of three years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-5041-0-2-754.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $2,804,543; FY 09 est $3,000,000; FY 10 est $3,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Applications and current edition of the Financial Guide are available by writing to the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Renee Williams Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington,, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Renee.Williams@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-616-3218 or 202-616-9559

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

General criteria for selecting proposals are spelled out in the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690, Section 1402. Additional criteria will be developed by the Office for Victims of Crime and will be announced at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm.



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