JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AWARDS MORE THAN $15 MILLION TO HELP VICTIMS OF SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS

 

 

   Contact: Office for Victims of Crime, 202-307-0703

 

   WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- The Justice Department announced today that it has awarded more than $15 million to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia to help victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks and their families.  These new grants include funds to compensate victims and to support state and local programs that offer various forms of assistance.  The awards were made through the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), a component of the Department's Office of Justice Programs (OJP).

        

   "Although no amount of assistance can restore the lives of the victims and their families, we can use the resources available to help repair the physical and emotional damage caused by this tragedy," said Attorney General John Ashcroft.  "These grants will help New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia continue their exemplary work to aid and care for the victims of these horrific attacks."

        

   OVC awarded a total of six grants -- one victim compensation award and one victim assistance award to each of the three states.  All grants were awarded to an agency designated by the state.  The states will use the victim compensation awards to supplement their own compensation efforts, which reimburse victims for expenses such as medical and mental health treatment, funeral costs or lost wages.  Victim assistance funds will be used to support organizations that provide critical victim services, which include information and referrals, emergency shelter and emergency transportation.

        

   Funding for these grants comes from OVC's Antiterrorism and Emergency Fund, which was authorized by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, as amended by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.  OVC may provide funding to supplement resources available in responding to incidents of terrorism or mass violence.  Awards are authorized in cases where services cannot be adequately provided with existing funds.  New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia each received its regular Fiscal Year 2001 Victim Compensation and Assistance Awards earlier this year.

        

   "These awards are just one of many actions the Administration is taking to assist in the recovery from these tragic events," added Ashcroft.

        

   A list of the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance awards is attached.   OVC also has a Victims and Family Assistance Website, which can be found at or through the Justice Department Website at . Information also is available for victims of the terrorist attacks and their families through OVC's Family Assistance Call Center at 1-800-331-0075. 

        

   Additional information about OVC is available through the OVC Website at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc and from the OVC Resource Center at 1-800-627-6872. 

        

 

OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME

ANTITERRORISM AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE AWARDS

IN RESPONSE TO SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS

 

        

New York

 

Type                       Amount       Agency                                          Contact      

Compensation       $7,220,000      New York Crime Victims Board      Anne Marie Strano, 518-457-1779

Assistance     $5,819,200             New York Crime Victims Board      Anne Marie Strano, 518-457-1779 

 

Pennsylvania

 

Type                     Amount        Agency                                            Contact     

Compensation     $785,000        Pennsylvania Commission on           Carol Lavery, 717-783-0551

                                                        Crime and Delinquency  --

                                                        Bureau of Victim Services, Victim

       Compensation Division

 

Assistance     $314,475      Pennsylvania Commission on           Carol Lavery, 717-783-0551

                                                        Crime and Delinquency  --

       Bureau of Victim Services, Victim

                                                        Assistance Division

Virginia

 

Type                     Amount         Agency                                         Contact      

Compensation     $1,500,000       Virginia Division of Crime               Mary Vail Ware, 804-378-4371

                                                          Victims Compensation

 

Assistance     $987,000         Virginia Department of                 Mandie Patterson, 804-786-3923

                                                          Criminal Justice Services