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You're Invited: VOCA Funding for Your Community, Webinar 11/20

VOCA funding to states for victims services has more than tripled this year. This funding may be available to community organizations like yours. If your group/organization supports and provides services to crime survivors of color and other underserved survivors that otherwise have little or no access to services that address their victimization, then you should join us.

VOCA Funding for Your Community Webinar
November 20, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern


Learn about federal VOCA funding, how to apply, eligibility requirements, how the services you are already providing to the community may be eligible for victims services funding, and how you can build your group’s capacity to receive and maintain VOCA funding.

Urgent: Tell Congress not to cut victims services


We need your urgent action to help save critical funding for victims services.

Every year, Congress sets a level of spending from a fund known as VOCA. These are not tax dollars. Many of these funds go to community groups to support vital services like trauma intervention and counseling for people who have been harmed by crime and violence.

Last year Congress raised the “VOCA cap” making it possible for more funds to go to the most underserved communities. Now, Congress could cut those dollars in half again.

Take action now to email your Senators and Representative. Tell them not to cut VOCA funds.

Trauma-Informed Schools: A Key Strategy for Public Safety

 A Key Strategy for Public SafetyBy Fatimah Loren Muhammad

By now, many have heard about the recent incident at Spring Valley High School, where a South Carolina deputy slammed a young African American girl to the ground, dragged her on the floor, and handcuffed her for disobeying school rules. Several videos have gone viral and spurred national dialogue about the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a framework that connects harsh school disciplinary practices (such as zero tolerance policies) and increased presence of school police with the eventual incarceration of young people. Research suggests that the criminalization of youth behavior disproportionately impacts African American children and children with physical/emotional disabilities.

While many may debate various aspects of this case – the egregious and disproportionate use of violent force of a deputy, the arguments for or against firing said deputy, or even the disruptive behavior of the young woman – there are still many looming questions about how we as a society respond to acts of disruption, aggression, or violence among students in school.

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