HONESDALE – The Wayne County district attorney's office has secured a $90,148 state grant to support the continuation of victims' rights and local services.
The Rights and Services Act (RASA) and Victims of Juvenile Offenders (VOJO) grant awards are used to ensure victims of adult and juvenile criminal offenders are provided the services they are entitled to through the DA's office.
The RASA grant, $71,020, and the VOJO grant, $19,128, are both for a two-year funding cycle.
RASA provides financial support, training and technical assistance to county-based victim service agencies to promote the rights and services under the Pennsylvania Crime Victims Act.
That funding source provides the primary financial support for the DA's victim witness advocate's office.
The advocate, Melinda Card, provides notification, accompaniment, assistance with victim impact statements, and victims' compensation assistance to those impacted by crime in the county.
The VOJO grant provides financial support, training and technical assistance to Card to promote the rights and services to those victimized by juveniles in the criminal justice system.
In a statement DA Janine Edwards said, “I'm thrilled that we were awarded this grant again. This money allows us to do what is of the utmost importance in the fight for justice, protect and represent the victims. This results in a savings to the tax payer and I'm all for that.”