Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $250,000)
The goal of this program is to assist the Department of Corrections and the Department of Youth Affairs to prevent, identify and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment and support compliance with the PREA Standards. The objectives of this program are: 1) reduce sexual abuse in both adult and juvenile confinement facilities; 2) increase staff capacity for preventing sexual abuse; 3) promote integration of the PREA Standards in the day-to-day operations and cultures in both facilities; and 4) create cultures of “Zero Tolerance” of sexual abuse. Focus of the program will be both Category 1 (A) and (B). To meet the requirement of Category 1 (A), Governor Lou Leon Guerrero provided written assurance to the U.S Department of Justice that the Government of Guam would work to achieve compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act on October 11, 2021. To meet the requirement of Category 1 (B), funding would allow for the hiring of dedicated PREA Coordinators for both DOC and DYA to assist with implementation of PREA strategies and sustainability plans that will address the specific needs and challenges in achieving compliance with PREA Standards. With the training and technical assistance coach (TTA) with BJA, in addition to funding support, the goal of achieving PREA compliance would become more achievable. In addition to dedicated PREA Coordinators, funds will be used to implement an automated Learning Management System (LMS) through software application or web-based technology. The LMS program would allow DOC and DYA to effectively and efficiently manage and track PREA training requirements for employees, service contractors and residents by providing opportunities to access training materials and other resources directly in the system in addition to managing needed clearances, statuses, certifications and other material. The LMS program also allows for employee and resident feedback which will help PREA Coordinators to develop effective and specific training courses that are culturally relevant to the population. Refer to pages 4 - 7 in the Program Narrative in reference to Category 1 (A) and (B).