Rady Children's Hospital
Rady Children’s Hospital in Kearny Mesa. File photo

Several “significant” U.S. Department of Justice grants have been awarded to San Diego organizations, including a $1.2 million award to Rady Children’s Hospital Center to develop and strengthen children’s advocacy centers and child abuse teams in 13 states, U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman announced Thursday.

Each entity submitted competitive proposals to increase public safety by preventing and/or responding to emerging crime problems, Braverman said.

Other DOJ awards included:

  • More than $2.6 million to Alliance for HOPE International, a nongovernmental organization that works to end violence against women, children and families.
  • Nearly $2 million to San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center to create technology solutions designed to help victims of identity crimes receive immediate assistance and reduce the risk of further victimization.
  • More than $931,000 to the city of Escondido Police Department to create and begin implementing a strategic, collaborative and community oriented plan to reduce crime.
  • $700,000 to San Diego Youth Services to enhance the specialized services available to assists victims of human trafficking by increasing inter-agency collaboration and ensuring a coordinated community response to victims.
  • $500,000 to the Escondido Education Compact, to support youth mentoring organizations that have a demonstrated partnership with a juvenile justice agency to provide mentoring services to youth screened as posing low- risk to public safety.
  • More than $401,000 to the city of San Diego for Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to prevent, interdict, investigate and prosecute technology-facilitated child exploitation and internet crimes against children, improve task force effectiveness by educating, training and empowering local school resource officers and juvenile investigators, and engage in community outreach activities including training, prevention and education seminars.
  • And $373,000 to the Strong Hearted Native Women’s Initiative Inc., which serves tribal reservations and communities located in the counties of San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino and Riverside.

— City News Service