Dept. of Justice Announces New Grant Initiative

Published: April 7, 2014

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the creation of the National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice grant initiative at the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Director’s Forum on Friday.

Associate Attorney General Tony West made the announcement during the forum, which was convened to respond to the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and discuss the disconnect between the justice system and communities of color, share promising strategies, and explore creative solutions.

COPS and OJJDP, along with other components of DOJ, have partnered to administer the Community Trust initiative, which is part of My Brother’s Keeper, a national call to invest in collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches to build resilience, empower, and foster community engagement and participation for young men and boys of color.

The $4.75 million Community Trust initiative seeks five sites to implement and test strategies to enhance procedural justice, reduce implicit bias, and support racial reconciliation in communities of color. During the forum, Associate Attorney General Tony West and Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), met with civil rights and law enforcement leaders.

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