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Human Rights Alliance Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $200,000)

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 Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will assist immigrant crime victims. Immigrant crime victims are often reluctant to report crimes and seek supportive services because of language and cultural barriers, as well as fear of deportation. Through the grant, legal services and assistance in obtaining public benefits, housing, employment, and medical and psychological services will be provided. Efforts will be linguistically and culturally appropriate in order to address barriers and aid law enforcement in investigating, apprehending, and prosecuting perpetrators.


Date Created: August 16, 2010