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The creation of a "Model" Special Investigations Unit in Vermont.

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $100,000)

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 Vermont Department of States Attorneys and Sheriffs will use the FY 10 Congressionally Selected grant funds to create a Model Special Investigation Unit/Child Advocacy Center, located in Lamoille County, that will be used as the blueprint for eleven other Special Investigation Units (SIU) and Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) throughout the state. The program will be specifically designed to co-locate a multidisciplinary team made up of prosecutors, victim advocates, therapeutic and medical services, law enforcement, and child welfare investigators. They will focus on the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving child abuse, sexual assaults, and domestic violence, as well as crimes that target the elderly and physically and mentally disabled.


Date Created: September 19, 2010