The Department of Justice Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives was established on January 29, 2001 by Executive Order 13199, issued by President George W. Bush. The objective was to coordinate agency efforts for the elimination of regulatory, contracting and other programmatic obstacles so as to enable faith-based and community organizations to access resources they need to provide vital social and community services.
On February 5, 2009, President Barack Obama amended the executive order, establishing the President's Advisory Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and changing the name of the initiative to the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The DOJ Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships coordinates coordinates the department's outreach to faith-based and non-profit organizations with activities of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Center leads DOJ's efforts to develop partnerships with and provide information to faith-based and community organizations and expand their participation in DOJ initiatives.
1) Provide information about DOJ grants and initiatives to faith-based and neighborhood organizations.
2) Share expertise and best practices with faith-based and community organizations and help them develop relationships with other community stakeholders.
3) Provide training and technical assistance to faith-based and community groups.
Faith and community leaders from across the country are working with the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House Office for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on a wide variety of issues. The DOJ Center's focus is on three priority areas:
Promoting Responsible Fatherhood: The DOJ Center strives to advance the goals of the President's National Fatherhood & Mentoring initiative.
Preventing Youth & Gang Violence: The Center plays an important leadership role in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. The Forum is working with cities throughout the country to develop and implement comprehensive youth violence prevention plans.
Effective Reentry: The Center is active in the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, supporting the Administration's efforts to make communities safer, reduce recidivism and help those returning from prison or jail become productive citizens.
The priorities of the DOJ Center are carried out in a way that upholds and honors our Constitution, ensuring that existing programs and new proposals are fully consistent with American laws and values. Our nation's Bill of Rights and laws respecting both religious liberty and the non-establishment of religion protect democratic principles and ensure the vibrancy of America's religious and civic life.