KANSAS, Sept. 28 — TOPEKA — (September 28, 2022) — Nine organizations in the Wichita area have received more than $404,000 in grants to provide services to crime victims, announced Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt , known today.
The grants were awarded in support of the following programs:
- Sedgwick County CAC$4,000 for operating expenses for children’s advocacy centers.
- Catholic Charities, Inc., $38,000 to support staff in providing 24-hour housing, support, security and referrals to victims of domestic violence.
- ICT SOS, $57,480 Provide support, community services and crisis intervention for victims of human trafficking, as well as education within the community.
- Roots & Wings, Inc., dba CASA of Sedgwick County, $19,000 to train and support volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) who will help child victims stay safe and free from further abuse and neglect, have their rights protected, and have access to quality services.
- StepStone, Inc., $21,611 to support a community outreach liaison to raise awareness of domestic violence in the workplace and offer supervisors and managers support and resources.
- Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, Inc., $11,000 to provide sex abuse, assault, and harassment prevention education programs to children and youth in Sedgwick County.
- Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, Inc., $12,500 to provide support groups and support for sexual assault survivors.
- Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, Inc., $67,099 to fund administrative support for direct and educational services for sexual violence survivors in Sedgwick County.
- Wichita Children’s Home, $31,277 to respond to the needs of child victims of human trafficking nationwide through the implementation of anti-trafficking initiatives.
- Wichita Family Crisis Center, $21,600 to implement comprehensive youth advocacy, raising awareness and increasing protective factors related to domestic violence and dating violence.
- Wichita Family Crisis Center, $19,480 to provide shelter, education and advocacy for victims of human trafficking.
- Wichita Family Crisis Center, $50,808 to support ongoing operations of the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center.
- TFI Family Services, Inc. – Wichita Visitation and Exchange Center, $50,540 for providing safe and quality supervised visiting and exchange services to Wichita and surrounding communities.
“Organizations across Kansas do a great job every day to support victims of crime,” Schmidt said. “We are proud to support these organizations through the Victim Services Grants programs.”
The awards were presented by the Human Trafficking Victims Assistance Fund, Protection from Abuse Fund, State Child Exchange and Visitation Centers Fund, State Crime Victims’ Assistance Fund, State Crime Victims’ Assistance Fund for Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Children’s Advocacy Centers Fund. The Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Fund is funded by fines, penalties, forfeitures and funds from the State General Fund. The Abuse Protection Fund is funded from State General Fund resources, marriage license fees, county court fees, and municipal court assessments. The State Child Exchange and Visitation Centers Fund is funded by marriage licenses and funds from the State General Fund. The State Crime Victim Relief Fund is funded through the remittance of applicable fines, penalties and forfeitures from District Courts court officials. The State Relief Fund for Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect Crimes is funded by district court expenses, municipal court estimates and resources from the State General Fund. The Children’s Advocacy Centers Fund is funded through the remittance of applicable fines, penalties and forfeitures by District Court officials.
That year, the Attorney General’s Office awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to local and state crime survivor organizations. For more information on the grant programs and the full list of award recipients, visit the Attorney General’s website at www.ag.ks.gov.