Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $220,000)
The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.
The City of Westminster, along with partners in the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force and community-based organizations, will enhance services provided to human trafficking victims. With a growing immigrant population and incidents of human trafficking, resources to effectively manage services provided to victims have become limited. Through the grant, the city will be able to effectively address specific needs involving emergency shelter for identified victims, appropriate psychological care, and victim expenses. Funds will also support community outreach efforts aimed at educating the public on human trafficking issues.