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Iowa Legal Aid Health and Law Project

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $300,000)

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 Iowa Legal Aid will assist patients/clients: who are victims of crime; who are facing the likelihood of future criminal victimization or involvement with the criminal justice system; and for whom assistance can prevent juvenile delinquency or improve the criminal justice system. Iowa Legal Aid will link medical and legal professions together to improve the lives of vulnerable people. Connecting these two professions to serve low-income Iowans has been the primary purpose of Iowa Legal Aid's Health and Law Project, which also collaborates with federally funded community health centers.


Date Created: September 7, 2010