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Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Justice , Office Of Victims Of Crime
CFDA #: 16.321

Program accomplishments...

With the increased threat of terrorism against Americans worldwide, OVC created a new Terrorism and International Victims Unit (TIVU) which is responsible for developing programs and initiatives to help victims of terrorism, mass violence and crimes that have transnational dimensions. OVC has provided funding for assistance and services for victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the USA, Oklahoma City, the bombings of Pan Am 103, the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Khobar Towers, the USS Cole, and the terrorist attack in Bali, Indonesia. Assistance has included toll- free information lines, family web sites, informational briefings, travel to criminal justice proceedings, and mental health counseling. In addition, OVC works in liaison with other Federal agencies to coordinate services for victims of terrorism; has worked with the Center for Mental Health Services at HHS to develop training for mental health service providers on assisting victims of terrorism and mass violence; is working with the Office for Domestic Preparedness to provide training to enhance the capacity of first responders to deal effectively with victims of terrorism; and provides funding for a community-based assessment and planning process to help states and local communities design and implement a strategic plan for responding to victims of criminal mass violence. In FY 2003, OVC will continue many of these projects as well as setting aside money in the Antiterrorism and Emergency Reserve to respond to future incidents of terrorism and mass violence occurring both within the United States and abroad, and to fund an International Terrorism Victim Compensation Program.