Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $381,682)
Children's Justice Act (CJA) Partnerships for Indian Communities Grant Program (Victims of Crime Act of 1984, Section 1402(g), 34 U.S.C. 20101(g) supports American Indian and Alaskan Native communities for the purpose of improving the investigation, prosecution, and handling of child abuse cases, especially cases of child sexual abuse, in a manner that increases support for and lessens trauma to child abuse victims. The funding further supports programs to provide comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary responses to child abuse victims and provide trauma-informed, culturally competent, holistic services to child abuse victims and their families.
With this award, the Pueblo of Zia will expand and improve services for victims of child abuse and neglect currently provided by their Social Services Department. With this funding, Pueblo of Zia will pay salary and related costs for a 1.0 FTE Licensed Clinical Social Worker that will obtain certification in forensic interviewing and purchase a software program that will enable them to track and maintain program/client information in a single location. The program will also focus on in-house staff and online provision of trauma informed care training to relevant stakeholders.