Funding available for groups serving child sexual abuse survivors in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has opened an application process for organizations to apply for funds (pdf) through the Federal Victims Of Crime Act (VOCA). If you are an organization in Pennsylvania that works with adult and child survivors of child sexual abuse, you may be eligible to apply through this RFP process. The maximum grant award is $50,000.

Through our VOCA Funding Toolkit, and assistance from our Grassroots Capacity Building Specialist, EJUSA can help groups determine if they are eligible, answer questions about the process, and provide some support for your group’s application. Please contact Latrina Kelly-James at latrinakj@ejusa.org or (203) 823-5826 or download the toolkit here.

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Recommended this week

“Recommended this week” features highlights from the past week in news about the death penalty, crime survivors, and trauma-informed responses to crime.

Supreme Court To Hear Cases Challenging Two Texas Death SentencesBuzzfeed
The high court agrees to hear the death penalty cases of Duane Buck and Bobby James Moore.

After nearly 40 years, murder charges dropped against Kerry Max Cook in East Texas caseThe Dallas Morning News
Kerry Max Cook spent 20 years on death row. This week the murder charges against him were dropped. One of the subjects of “The Exonerated” is finally exonerated.
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U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Pennsylvania death row inmate Terrance Williams

In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice should have recused himself in the case of Terrance Williams. The judge in question, Justice Ronald Castille had been the District Attorney of Philadelphia and had participated in Williams’ original death penalty original death penalty trial.

The following is a press statement released by attorneys for Williams at the Philadelphia Capital Habeas Unit:

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Libertarian and pro-life conferences highlight death penalty repeal

Ben and Kathleen at the Life/Peace/Justice Conference Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty (CCATDP), a project of EJUSA, crisscrossed the country in April. CCATDP’s National Coordinator Marc Hyden made trips to Tennessee and Utah, while I traveled to Orlando for the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) Florida State Convention and then to Philadelphia for the Life/Peace/Justice Conference. Our participation in these conferences reflects the interest in CCATDP across a variety of different constituencies, including libertarian and pro-life groups.

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Funding available for groups serving survivors in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has opened its application process for organizations to apply for funds through the Federal Victims Of Crime Act (VOCA). If you are an organization in Pennsylvania that works with crime survivors or victims’ families, you may be eligible to apply through this RFP process. Most importantly, Pennsylvania has identified men and boys of color who are victims as a priority underserved population. If your a group or organization supports victimized men and boys of color, you should definitely consider applying.

Through our VOCA Funding Toolkit, and assistance from our Grassroots Capacity Building Specialist, EJUSA can help groups determine if they are eligible, answer questions about the process, and provide some support for your group’s application. Please contact Latrina Kelly-James at latrinakj@ejusa.org or (203) 823-5826 or download the toolkit here.

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Governor Wolf stands by moratorium in PA Supreme Court hearing

Governor Tom Wolf

In February, Governor Tom Wolf called for a moratorium on executions, pending the outcome of a statewide study of the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf’s policy is now the topic of a heated debate that was heard earlier this month in front of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Philadelphia.

Terrance Williams, convicted of murder in 1984, was the first inmate who was granted a reprieve under Governor Wolf’s moratorium last spring. In response, many Pennsylvania prosecutors questioned Wolf’s power to halt all executions. Seth Williams, the District Attorney’s for the City of Philadelphia, filed a challenge accusing Governor Wolf of overstepping his authority.

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