War on Terrorism

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to provide this Application for the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program. OVC developed this Application to assist applicants seeking financial assistance, training, and technical assistance.

The threat of terrorism and criminal mass violence against Americans, both in the United States and abroad, has increased in recent years. Such acts leave victims with serious physical and emotional wounds and challenge government officials and communities to respond immediately with appropriate resources. Victim assistance and compensation providers face the daunting task of coordinating effective and timely responses, providing information and assistance to victims, and working closely with other agencies and victim service organizations.

Following the bombing of the federal office building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, Congress amended the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 to authorize the OVC Director to provide support to jurisdictions and assistance to victims of terrorism and mass violence crimes using moneys that were deposited into the Crime Victims Fund and set aside for the Antiterrorism Emergency Reserve. Funding from the Reserve has been used to provide support to the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the two cases of mass violence resulting from school shootings in Oregon and Colorado, and the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America, among others.

This program has been designed to provide timely assistance to jurisdictions to address victim needs in the aftermath of an act of terrorism or mass violence. We hope you will never need to access this funding, but if you do, OVC stands ready to help.

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