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Victims of Child Abuse (VOCA) Category 3: National Subgrant Program for Victims of Child Pornography

Award Information

Award #
2018-NZ-NX-K004
Location
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2018
Total funding (to date)
$6,000,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $2,000,000)

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs). The National Subgrant Program for Victims of Child Pornography supports subgrants for local CACs, state chapters of CACs, and multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) that provide a coordinated investigative and comprehensive response to child abuse. CACs are child-friendly facilities where law enforcement officers, child protection and victim advocacy professionals, prosecutors, mental health specialists, and medical staff work together to investigate child abuse allegations, hold offenders accountable, and help children heal from maltreatment. The VOCA CACs National Subgrant Program for Victims of Child Pornography supports the following activities: 1) developing innovative funding strategies that support the provision of coordinated and comprehensive multidisciplinary services to child abuse victims and their families; 2) developing and publishing requests for proposals (RFPs), as approved by OJJDP; 3) providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to support OJJDP-approved RFPs; 4) managing a national peer review process to evaluate applications for funding; and 5) providing fiscal oversight and necessary grant award administration functions for successful award recipients in accordance with the DOJ Financial Guide. Consistent with the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) of 2015 (P.L. 114-22), the OJP Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) allocated $2,000,000 from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Domestic Trafficking Victims Fund in support of this program in FY 2018. Pursuant to the JVTA, the funds "shall be used for grants to provide services for child pornography victims under section 214(b) of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 13002(b))."

Under this project, the National Children's Alliance will release an RFP in 2019, with OJJDP input and approval, to invite eligible applicants to apply for funds in support of services for victims of child pornography. FY 2018 is the third year funds authorized pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sec 13002(b) have been made available to OJJDP for this purpose. CA/NCF

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to organizations that OJJDP designates. The Victims of Child Abuse (VOCA) Act Support for Children's Advocacy Centers Programs (CACs) provides support to CACs through membership and accreditation services and a variety of subgrant programs in order to enhance effective interventions in child abuse cases. The VOCA CAC National Subgrant Program for Victims of Child Pornography funds new or existing local CAC programs, state chapters, and multidisciplinary teams specifically to provide services for child pornography victims. The populations to be served through this program are victims of child pornography/sex abuse images, and domestic minors who are victims of trafficking and their families. The needs to be addressed through the program are to: 1) provide physical and psychological safety for victims of child pornography and trafficking through improved identification of victims; 2) improve access to CAC services, including medical and mental health services, and training for victim advocacy for victims of child pornography and child sex trafficking; 3) support justice for victims of child pornography through a well-coordinated and effective investigative process; and 4) identify and address emerging problems and needs related to the proliferation of abuse types related to sexual images of children/youth, and resiliency resources for service providers. The National Children's Alliance (NCA) proposes to continue the success of the program by: 1) implementing a national funding strategy for CACs and Chapters that provides CAC resources and services for victims of child pornography and child trafficking; 2) working collaboratively with state federal law enforcement agencies to implement, disseminate, and troubleshoot protocols to more effectively serve victims of child pornography and child trafficking; and 3) improving and expanding resources to improve victims services (e.g. victim advocacy, medical, mental health services) for victims of child pornography and child trafficking. The program has several metrics to measure progress toward these goals, e.g. children and families served, clients receiving evidence based treatments, CACs and multi-disciplinary team receiving training, educational resources developed. NCA is uniquely positioned to deliver a comprehensive and cohesive funding strategy to ensure that every child who has been victimized by child maltreatment, including victims of child pornography and trafficking has access to quality CAC services.
CA/NCF

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to organizations that OJJDP designates. The Victims of Child Abuse (VOCA) Act Support for Children's Advocacy Centers Programs (CACs) provides support to CACs through membership and accreditation services and a variety of subgrant programs in order to enhance effective interventions in child abuse cases. The VOCA CAC National Subgrant Program for Victims of Child Pornography funds new or existing local CAC programs, state chapters, and multidisciplinary teams specifically to provide services for child pornography victims. The populations to be served through this program are victims of child pornography/sex abuse images, and minors who are victims of trafficking and their families. The needs to be addressed through the program are to: 1) provide physical and psychological safety for victims of child pornography and trafficking through improved identification of victims; 2) improve access to CAC services, including medical and mental health services, and training for victim advocacy for victims of child pornography and child sex trafficking; 3) support justice for victims of child pornography through a well-coordinated and effective investigative process; and 4) identify and address emerging problems and needs related to the proliferation of abuse types related to sexual images of children/youth, and resiliency resources for service providers. The National Children's Alliance (NCA) proposes to continue the success of the program by: 1) implementing a national funding strategy for CACs and Chapters that provide CAC resources and services for victims of child pornography and child sex trafficking; 2) working collaboratively with state and federal law enforcement agencies to implement, disseminate, and troubleshoot protocols to more effectively serve victims of child pornography and child trafficking; and 3) improving and expanding resources to improve victims services (e.g. victim advocacy, medical, mental health services) for victims of child pornography and child trafficking.
CA/NCF

Date Created: September 28, 2018