Rep. Deutch Applauds $9.8 Million DOJ Award to Victims of MSD Attack
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the award of an Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program grant of $9,801,224 to the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.
The grant, which was awarded by the department's Office for Victims of Crime, will be used to reimburse agencies that provided services in the wake of the shooting as well as fund "ongoing trauma-informed, evidence-based healing and resiliency services" to students, families, staff, and other members of the community.
Specifically, the funds will be transmitted to and distributed by the Florida Department of Legal Affairs' Division of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Program to three sub-recipients: the School Board of Broward County, Children's Services Council of Broward County, and the United Way of Broward County, in collaboration with the City of Parkland and City of Coral Springs.
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) issued this statement:
"It has been more than two years since that tragic day, but the survivors and families of the victims will carry their emotional scars for many years to come. I was so moved by the way our community rushed to help one another in the wake of the attack and has continued to provide mental health and wellness services to those still coping with the trauma. This grant is acknowledgment that the survivors of this mass shooting, who have experienced unimaginable trauma, will need and deserve continued federal support to manage their pain and heal."
The Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program grants "have provided supplemental support to victims and jurisdictions that have experienced incidents of terrorism or mass violence. The funding comes from the Crime Victims Fund, which is financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders."