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October 08, 2020

SMART remembers, mourns the loss of tribal SORNA officers to COVID

The SMART Office mourns the loss of two SORNA officers, Michael Lee and Elmer Lamson, who were instrumental in implementing their tribes’ sex offender registration systems.


 Jessica Hart and Bill Woolf photo

August 24, 2020

Human Trafficking Survivors and Service Providers Share Stories and Successes

Director Jessica Hart visits two OVC-funded organizations that serve human trafficking victims in the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area.


Staff Sgt. Brittinie Alvarez, 50th Security Forces Squadron

July 8, 2020

Celebrating 50 Years of American Indian Self-Determination

The Office of Justice Programs helps commemorate 50 years of American Indian Self-Determination.


Medal of Valor

July 8, 2020


Their actions exemplify the best of the blue.


National Elder Fraud Hotline

June 15, 2020

National Hotline Helps Victims of Elder Financial Fraud

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:  The Department of Justice estimates that financial exploitation, the most common form of elder abuse, afflicts one in ten older adults.


Drug Courts Offer Second Chance

May 27, 2020

Drug Courts Offer a Second Chance

Drug courts are not only a solid investment in public safety, they’re also a vehicle for personal transformation.



May 20, 2020

Commemorating National Missing Children’s Day

Protecting children is fundamental to the mission of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a program office within the Office of Justice Programs.



May 8, 2020

NIJ Reports Explore Today’s Criminal Justice Issues

“Our nation’s criminal justice system must deal with a constant barrage of threats, some old, some new and every one of them a test of our public safety professionals’ skills and expertise”


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May 7, 2020

The Dedication of Correctional Officers

Celebrating National Correctional Officers Week: recognizing their vital role in public safety.



Katharine Sullivan at the Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered Native Americans Indians and Alaska Natives

May 6, 2020

Strengthening the Response to Missing, Murdered Native Americans

The President charges the federal task force with developing an aggressive strategy to address this complicated and critical problem.



Supporting Youth and Families Impacted by Substance Use Blog

May 4, 2020

You Are Not Alone

Supporting Youth and Families Impacted by Substance Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic.



Jessica E. Hart OVC Director

April 24, 2020

OVC Office Welcomes New Director

Jessica E. Hart was sworn in as the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). As the Director, Ms. Hart oversees nearly $9 billion in grants and other programs that are vital to victims as they rebuild their lives in the aftermath of crime.


Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

April 23, 2020

Providing Victims of Sexual Assault the Care They Deserve

Research shows that a victim’s access to a trained nurse examiner increases the likelihood of the attacker’s prosecution and conviction.


Kendel Ehrlich being sworn in as SMART Office Director

April 22, 2020

SMART Office Welcomes New Director, Marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Kendel Ehrlich, former first lady of Maryland, has joined the SMART Office as director. And, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, SMART urges everyone to be aware of online safety and take extra precautions.


Teens face in shadow

April 16, 2020

Strengthening Connections: Mentoring Youth During a Pandemic

Youth mentoring relies on the power of human connections. Maintaining those connections in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic may be challenging, but it is an important and worthwhile effort.


Teens face in shadow

April 9, 2020

Children’s Advocacy Centers at the Forefront of the Fight Against Child Abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Children’s Advocacy Centers across the nation are providing critical services to these young victims and helping to safeguard their legal rights, especially during this national COVID-19 pandemic.


Covid-19 Virus

April 6, 2020

Marshaling Resources to Address Addiction in the Midst of a Pandemic

OJP continues to take action to combat the addiction crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Hitchhiking teen

April 2, 2020

OJP Provides New Housing Support for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Latest grant is anticipated to provide $13.5 million for safe, affordable housing for those on the path to healing.



Hand slicing a white blob with a scalpel

January 16, 2020

Justice Department Awards $145 Million to Advance Forensic Science

The funding enables those in law enforcement and criminal justice to solve more crimes, both old and new, based on physical evidence.

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