Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein announces new funding for tribal justice resources

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein announces new funding for tribal justice resources

In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein met with Acting Director of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Katherine Sullivan and other senior Justice officials today to discuss the Violence Against Women Act’s (VAWA) essential focus on criminal justice responses to domestic violence.

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein also announced new OVW funding for the department’s Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) program.

OVW’s Tribal Special Assistant United States Attorneys (Tribal SAUSAs) Program is another Department initiative supporting innovative prosecutorial collaborations. These prosecutors bring cases in both tribal and federal courts, and help ensure that tribal and federal authorities have a seamless response in prosecuting cases under their jurisdiction.

In OVW’s pilot project, Tribal SAUSAs reported a wide range of successes, including prosecution of cases that otherwise may not have been brought.

Today, OVW is announcing new Tribal SAUSA Program awards of $437,500 each to the following four tribes:

— Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (Washington)
— Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (Arizona)
— Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (Oregon)
— Rosebud Sioux Tribe (South Dakota)

This funding has supported justice responses including dedicated police and prosecution units, specialized courts, and offender monitoring in 538 communities.

ICJR also funds unique collaborative approaches, such as Family Justice Centers – “one stop shops” housing police, prosecution, and victim services in one place – and multidisciplinary teams that decrease domestic violence homicides.

VAWA was first authorized in 1994 and focused on strengthening the criminal justice response to domestic violence.

It was reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013, and each reauthorization included expansions such as addressing elder abuse, combatting stalking, and serving victims of sex trafficking in Indian Country.

More information about VAWA is available at www.justice.gov/ovw/legislation.

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