SMART FY 18 Fellowship: Strengthening Sexual Violence Victim Service Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

The mission of the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) is to assist jurisdictions with implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) and provide assistance to criminal justice professionals across the entire spectrum of sex offender management activities needed to ensure public safety.

The SMART Office will fund one fellowship position focusing on enhancing SORNA jurisdictions’ registration and notification programs by improving their responses to the victims of sexual violence and exploitation. The term “sexual violence and exploitation” is broadly defined for this solicitation and work and includes the following: sexual assault, sex trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, internet-facilitated sexual offenses and child sexual abuse. The fellowship will focus on capacity building in the provision of services to victims of sexual violence and the development of best practices in the field of sexual violence prevention, education and service delivery. This fellowship will also assist the SMART Office in working with those jurisdictions that have not yet substantially implemented SORNA to advance their registration and notification programs and adopt the outstanding requirements of SORNA to enhance the information sharing regarding registered sex offenders and better inform victims.

Although states and other jurisdictions have worked for years developing sex offender registration and community notification systems, including SORNA, efforts to develop systems for informing victims, families, organizations and communities about how to use this information have been limited. 

There are currently a number of thoughtful policies and responses in place across the country that focus on notifying victims and communities not only about registered sex offenders, but also about how best to protect themselves, their families and communities from sexual violence. This fellowship would collect and summarize these practices and highlight the most promising approaches for the SMART Office to share with SORNA jurisdictions.

 The goal of the SMART Office’s Strengthening Responses to Victims of Sexual Violence Fellowship is to enhance SORNA jurisdictions program responses to victims of sexual violence and prevention. The fellow will identify programs and policies focused on addressing the needs of victims of sexual violence to enhance coordination with other law enforcement and criminal justice programming—in particular, registration and notification—and the U.S. Department of Justice. This work will require the ability to leverage and access victim services groups and organizations, and to assist jurisdictions with SORNA-related issues, including adopting effective victim and community notification strategies.

Deadline: Apr. 2, 2018

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Eligibility Requirements

1. Eligible applicants are limited to individuals; organizations are not eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and familiarity of SORNA, sex offender registration and notification policies and legislation, and sexual assault issues, and have a specific ability and strong desire to support technical assistance, training, and other needs of the SMART Office in the area of sex offense-related issues, with a specific focus on capacity building in service provision to victims of sexual violence.

2. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a financial and administrative capacity to manage the cooperative agreement, as well as the knowledge and skills tosuccessfully execute the development of training, technical assistance, public awareness and other informational resources to meet the needs of victims of sexual violence; advance sexual violence education programming; and assess, create and identify processes and resources for development in services to victims of sexual violence.

Amount

$150,000

Amount Description

The SMART Office expects to make up to 1 award of up to, $150,000 with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $150,000. The SMART Office expects to make awards for an 18-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018. 

Funding Type

Fellowship

Category

Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 2, 2018