Pima County Wins $2M from the U.S. Department of Justice Local Agencies collaborate to bring perpetrators to justice.
Grant funds new program "Out of the Shadows: Justice for Unsolved Sexual Assault Case Victims in Pima County."
We're thrilled to spread the good news that Pima County was recently awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Led by the Pima County Attorney's Office, this new project is a partnership between them, Tucson Police Department and the Pima County Sheriff's Department, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, SACASA, TMC and the Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center.
This new funding will get justice for victims in our community and make Pima County a safer place to live and work for all of us.
The grant provides funding for:
- Inventory and testing of all cold case sexual assault kits at both law enforcement agencies.
- Uploading of DNA results into the FBI's national CODIS database.
- Two additional dedicated cold case detectives at Tucson Police Department.
- One additional dedicated cold case detective at Pima County Sheriff's Department.
- A dedicated cold case prosecutor at the Pima County Attorney's Office.
- Two dedicated Victim Advocates to work specifically with cold case victims.
... and other support needs.
But what does this really mean for Pima County and Tucson?
We have learned that too many of the perpetrators of sexual assault are serial rapists - so getting them off the streets is good for all of us. This project has true IMPACT and will make a meaningful difference in so many lives.
In the ten years we've worked with clients, we've been a part of some amazing projects. Seeing this one come to fruition made us jump with joy - for the victims, for our community, and for our friends in law enforcement who will be armed with the resources they need to bring perpetrators to justice.
And that is why it has been a true honor to be a part of this amazing project as the team's grant writing partner.
Want to learn more? Read some of the local news coverage in the Arizona Daily Star or watch the segment aired by KVOA.
We can't wait to see just how much good this funding will do.