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Local Nonprofit Supporting Survivors of Homicide Victims Receives National Crime Week Funding for Awareness Activities

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The Issachar K.Tigre Chinnery Foundation, Victims United Inc., a U.S. Virgin Islands nonprofit founded in 2009 to support survivors of homicide victims, has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant is part of the National Association of VOCA Administrators (Victims of Crime Act) program, which disburses grants of up to $5,000 to organizations raising public awareness of services available to crime victims and their rights.

The funding will support the foundation’s activities during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which takes place from April 23 to 29, 2023. This year’s theme is “Survivor Voices: Elevate, Engage, Effect Change.”

Executive Director Bernadette Gonsalves welcomed the grant, stating that it would help Victims United Inc. assist crime victims. She encouraged the public to support victim assistance programs daily and to participate in National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities.

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