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Deadline: October 4, 2018

U.S. Department of Justice: Gang Suppression – Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Approach to Address Recruitment of Unaccompanied Alien Children

The Gang Suppression: A Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Approach To Address Gang Recruitment of Unaccompanied Alien Children program is designed to reduce violent crime, gangs (specifically transnational gangs), and victimization and promote public safety in communities through implementation support for eligible communities that demonstrates their readiness to put a comprehensive strategic plan into action, based on a multilateral data-driven strategy. The overall, long-term goals of the program are to:

  • Develop and implement a customized gang suppression strategy
  • Reduce and sustain reductions in community youth violence, particularly gang violence associated with unaccompanied alien children and transnational criminal organizations (TCOs)
  • Share gang intelligence data with other law enforcement agencies
  • Prevent violence and promote healing from victimization and exposure to violence in the home, school, and community
  • Increase the safety, well-being, and healthy development of children, youth, and families

This program seeks proposals from applicant jurisdictions that have high levels of youth-perpetrated gun crime and gang violence and that can demonstrate a willingness and readiness to develop fully comprehensive community- and data-driven responses. Funding will support selected jurisdictions to undertake strategic planning and capacity-building work through multidisciplinary and community partnerships.

Applicants must propose and undertake their work through a collaboration of key stakeholders. The collaborative group must be led by law enforcement and include representation from prosecutors; the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) and its Project Safe Neighborhood team; and city, county, and/or tribal leadership. It may include other key partners such as public health, education, courts, job and workforce development, housing, and community development agencies; faith-based organizations; or other community-based representation.

Specific objectives and associated activities are:

  • Develop and implement a customized gang suppression strategy
  • Stop gang violence and increase public safety
  • Share gang intelligence data with applicable agencies
  • Increase collaboration between law enforcement, prosecutors, and the USAO to enhance gang suppression strategies to include the ever-changing nature of gangs, gang structure, and behaviors
  • Reduce the impact of violence on youth, victims, and the community through law enforcement’s development of intervention plans, positive social contacts with target gang members, community mobilization efforts, and gang prevention activities focused on the target area(s)

Amount: A total of $7,200,000 is available to make up to six awards of $1,200,000 each for a period of performance of 3 years.

Eligibility: Law enforcement agencies in states (including territories), local governments, and federally recognized tribal governments.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=306661

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