FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $295K DEPT. OF JUSTICE INVESTMENT FOR HISPANIC RESEARCH CENTER; FUNDING WILL IMPROVE RESPONSE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT & VIOLENCE IN HISPANIC COMMUNITY
DOJ Funding Through the Schumer Sponsored Violence Against Women Act Will Support HRC’s Work to Protect Underserved Victims of Domestic Violence, Stalking, Abuse
Schumer: By Supporting the Hispanic Resource Center and Local Outreach Programs, We Can Respond to Violence and Help Keep Women Safe from Predators and Abusers
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Hispanic Resource Center of Larchmont and Mamaroneck will receive a grant totaling $297,000 from the Department of Justice Grants to Enhance Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program. The Hispanic Resource Center of Larchmont and Mamaroneck (HRC) will continue its Latinos Unidos Contra la Historia de Abuso or Latinos United Against the History of Abuse project (LUCHA project) in partnership with the Westchester Hispanic Coalition. The coalition includes the Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Hope's Door, My Sister's Place, El Centro Hispano, United Community Center of Westchester, and Neighbors Link. Specifically, grant funds will support 6 employees over a two year period. Their work will help up to 50 victims by offering crisis intervention, advocacy, case management, individual counseling, and support groups. They will also offer workforce and leadership development programs and community forums targeting recent Hispanic immigrants.
"Protecting women from abusers and predators is an enormous priority, and this investment will help keep Larchmont and Mamaroneck residents safe by improving response to violence and assault and help protect victims and prosecute offenders,” said Schumer. “I am pleased such an important federal investment is being made with the Hispanic Resource Center and that our community programs will have the funding they need to help keep women safe.”
The Grants to Enhance Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services Program implements certain provisions of the Violence Against Women Act, of which Senator Schumer was an original sponsor. The purpose of this program is to create unique opportunities for targeted community-based organizations to address the critical needs of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking victims in a manner that affirms a victim's culture and effectively addresses language and communication barriers for the identified underserved population. Projects must address at least one of the following statutory purpose areas: 1) work with state and local governments and social service agencies to develop and enhance effective strategies to provide culturally and linguistically specific services to victims; 2) increase communities' capacity to provide culturally and linguistically specific resources and support for victims and their families; 3) strengthen criminal justice interventions by providing training for law enforcement, prosecution, courts, probation, traditional services to victims through the leadership of culturally and linguistically specific programs; 5) work in cooperation with the community to develop education and prevention strategies highlighting culturally and linguistically specific issues and resources; 6) provide culturally and linguistically specific programs for children exposed; 7) provide culturally and linguistically specific resources and services that address the safety, economic, housing, and workplace needs of victims, including emergency assistance; and 8) examine the dynamics of culture and its impact on victimization and healing.