SAN DIEGO, Calif. – November 17, 2016 – The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, today announced it is a proud recipient of the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

This grant will enable the ITRC, in a cooperative agreement with the DOJ OVC, to provide technical expertise, assistance, and training to support coalitions who seek to build new services or expand and/or improve existing services to victims of identity theft and cybercrime. In addition to further supporting the previously-funded NITVAN coalitions, the grant will help the ITRC and DOJ OVC continue to build capacity for new and improved policy development, training, and service delivery at the local, state, and regional levels to address the needs of victims of identity theft, with additional emphasis on cybercrime.

“I am beyond grateful to receive this fundamental grant from an organization whose mission mirrors ours, a mission that is deeply rooted in helping victims of crime,” said Eva Velasquez, ITRC President and CEO. “This grant will not only enable us to continue to support the current coalitions in place, but it will help us build additional coalitions across the country that will result in more awareness, better access to services, and ultimately result in more victims helped.”

“This is an exciting time for not only the ITRC but organizations across the country that are looking for the opportunity to expand their reach and resources to further combat identity theft,” said Julie Ferguson, ITRC Board Chair. “This grant couldn’t have gone to a better recipient – ITRC has the extensive background and expertise in this area to make this initiative a success which will allow for broader attention around the crisis of identity theft in more cities.”

Through these coalitions, the ITRC and the DOJ OVC are able to continue their strong commitment to assisting the abundance of victims impacted by identity theft nationwide every day and it will aid them in their fight against this problematic and often complex crime.

Organizations interested in learning more about forming coalitions in their areas or who would like to receive further solicitation regarding this should contact ITRC’s Sarah, 858-634-6383.

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. 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 Mobile App. For more information, visit: 



Kelly Dwyer
Identity Theft Resource Center