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AG Derek Schmidt announces grants for Wichita-area organizations

Release Date: Aug 27, 2021

TOPEKA – (August 27, 2021) – Nine Wichita-area organizations have been awarded nearly $392,000 in grants to provide services for victims of crime, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

The grants were awarded to support the following programs:

  • CAC of Sedgwick County, $5,400 for operating expenditures for children’s advocacy centers.
  • Catholic Charities, Inc. – Harbor House, $38,000 to support Harbor House staff in providing 24-hour shelter, support, safety and referrals for victims of domestic violence.
  • ICT S.O.S., $61,968 to provide support, community services, and crisis intervention to human trafficking victims, as well as education within the community.
  • Roots & Wings, Inc., dba CASA of Sedgwick County, $19,000 to provide training and support to Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers who will help child victims remain safe and free from further abuse and neglect, have their rights protected and have access to quality services.    
  • StepStone, Inc., $23,776 to support a Community Outreach Liaison to engage the community through presentations and social media to raise awareness of domestic violence and to support training of advocates.
  • Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, Inc., $11,000 to provide educational programming to children and youth in Sedgwick County regarding the prevention of sexual abuse, sexual assault and sexual harassment.
  • Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, Inc., $18,876 to provide special-topic support groups and assistance to sexual assault survivors.
  • Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, Inc., $65,000 to fund administrative support for direct and educational services for sexual violence survivors in Sedgwick County.
  • Wichita Children’s Home, $25,000 to respond to the needs of child victims of human trafficking statewide through implementation of anti-trafficking initiatives.
  • Wichita Family Crisis Center, $24,000 to implement comprehensive youth advocacy, increase awareness and increase protective factors related to domestic and dating violence.
  • Wichita Family Crisis Center, $49,252 to provide vital core domestic violence services, including shelter.
  • TFI Family Services, Inc. - Wichita Visitation and Exchange Center, $50,540 to provide safe and quality supervised visitation and exchange services for Wichita and surrounding communities.

“Organizations across Kansas do great work every day to support victims of crime,” Schmidt said. “We are proud to support these organizations through the victim services grant programs.”

The awards were made from 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 through fines, penalties, forfeitures and State General Fund appropriations. The Protection from Abuse Fund is funded by State General Fund appropriations, marriage license fees, county court costs and municipal court assessments. The State Child Exchange and Visitation Centers Fund is funded through marriage license fees and State General Fund appropriations. The State Crime Victims’ Assistance Fund is funded though the remittance of applicable fines, penalties and forfeitures from clerks of the district courts. The State Crime Victims’ Assistance Fund for Child Abuse and Neglect is funded through county court costs, municipal court assessments and State General Fund appropriations. The Children’s Advocacy Centers Fund is funded though the remittance of applicable fines, penalties and forfeitures from clerks of the district courts.

This year, the attorney general’s office awarded nearly $2.3 million in grants to local and state crime victim assistance organizations. More information on the grant programs and the full list of award recipients is available on the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov.

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