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September 20, 2019
Governor awards grants to assist Hispanic victims of crime in four counties

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $690,088 to support a nonprofit agency that provides aid specifically for Hispanic immigrant victims of crime in Blount, Chilton, Jefferson and Shelby counties.

The grants will help the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama to continue providing comprehensive case management, safety planning, crisis support groups and advocacy for victims. The organization also conducts educational sessions for service providers and law enforcement officers to help them overcome barriers that may be present when assisting Hispanic victims. While the coalition primarily serves the four-county area, it also provides outreach and education services upon request across Alabama.

“Victims of crimes, especially violent crimes, deserve caring and professional assistance, regardless of their background,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend the Hispanic Interest Coalition for its efforts to make sure resources are available to those who may not normally seek assistance due to cultural barriers.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Justice Department. ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.

“ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in commending the work being done by organizations like the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama that help victims begin the recovery process from violent crimes,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

Gov. Ivey notified Meredith Calhoun, chair of the coalition’s board, that the grants have been approved. Matching funds of $172,522 will supplement the grants.


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For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/