SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 20, 2017 – The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, today announced six sub-grantees have been competitively selected to lead new coalitions.
In addition, a partnership was established between the ITRC and the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), to aid ITRC in supporting the coalition-building efforts. These sub-awards will be awarded by ITRC, as part of the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Expansion (NITVAN II) grant awarded to ITRC, by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).
Each sub-grantee will be awarded up to $50,000, to help expand and improve victim assistance services in their respective states/regions. Through the development and enhancement of these coalitions, victim service providers will be better able to address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft and cybercrime.
The funding for this nationwide project is derived from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), through the Crime Victims Fund. This unique fund is financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, not from tax dollars.
“By working so closely with victims, we have witnessed how devastating the impact of identity theft can be on each individual- physically, financially and even emotionally,” said Eva Velasquez, CEO and President of the Identity Theft Resource Center.” We are thrilled to partner with six dedicated coalitions who share a common goal to reduce the harm done to victims when they experience identity theft stemming from everything from phishing emails to stolen wallets to data breaches.”
These new coalitions are building on the efforts began by the previous NITVAN coalitions, expanding the network of support available to victim service providers and the victims they assist. Through this grant, these six coalitions, along with the ITRC, NCVC, and the DOJ, OVC, will be able to help more people in more ways, across the country.
Sub-Grantees include the following entities:
Attorney General, Massachusetts
Minnesota Alliance on Crime
Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance
Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.
The National Cybersecurity Society
Cybercrime Support Network
For additional information on forming or joining a coalition in your area, please visit: http://www.nitvan.org/
About the Identity Theft Resource Center
Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, the ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit:http://www.idtheftcenter.org
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