DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PROVIDES $1.7 MILLION TO HELP VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT AND FRAUD
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced $1.7 million in grant funds to provide direct assistance to victims of identity theft and financial fraud. The awards will expand existing services and strengthen law enforcement's response to victims of identity theft and financial fraud nationwide.
"The financial toll exacted by identity theft can be as devastating and emotionally traumatic as violent crime," said Cybele Daley, Acting Assistant Attorney General for OJP. "The Department of Justice recognizes the tragic consequences to those affected by identity theft and is committed to tackling this problem by giving victim service organizations and local law enforcement the resources to provide a measure of relief to victims."
The funding, awarded through OJP's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) earlier this year, is being given to existing national, regional, state and local victim service organizations that are currently providing direct assistance to victims and will collaboratively expand their efforts to help identity additional theft and fraud victims. The award recipients are:
The awards are a direct outcome of efforts made by the President’s Task Force on Identity Theft. The Task Force, co-chaired by the Attorney General and the FTC Chairman, was established by Executive Order of the President on May 10, 2006, and is comprised of 17 federal agencies and departments. The Task Force’s strategic plan, released in April 2007, can be found at http://www.idtheft.gov.
"For too long identity theft victims have been left on their own to resolve the destruction left by criminals, which costs time and money," said John W. Gillis, Director of OVC. "With funding for these programs, we are taking a first step toward helping to ensure these victims receive the same level of services that other victims of crime are afforded."
The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking Office (SMART). More information can be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov.