U.S. Department of Justice
The mission of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. DOJ also houses agencies that focus on issues related to youth delinquency, victimization, safety, treatment and rehabilitation, and justice, including the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office on Violence Against Women (OWV), and National Institute of Justice (NIJ).
DOJ funding opportunities
The Department offers funding opportunities to conduct research, to support law enforcement activities in state and local jurisdictions, to provide training and technical assistance, and to implement programs that improve the criminal justice system.
Selected Programs and Initiatives
- Children’s Advocacy Centers coordinate the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases by utilizing multidisciplinary teams of professionals involved in child protective and victim advocacy services, law enforcement and prosecution, and physical and mental health.
- Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is an independent organization in the executive branch that coordinates federal juvenile delinquency prevention programs, federal programs and activities that detain or care for unaccompanied juveniles, and federal programs relating to missing and exploited children.
- Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) requires an examination of potential disproportionate representation at all decision points within the juvenile justice continuum and implementation of data-based prevention and system improvement efforts to reduce identified disproportionality.
- Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Program offers block and discretionary grants to support and enhance efforts by states and local jurisdictions to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors (defined as individuals less than 21 years of age) and the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage youth.
- Formula Grants Program supports state and local delinquency prevention and intervention programs and juvenile justice system improvements, providing funds directly to grantees to help implement comprehensive juvenile justice plans based on detailed studies of needs in their jurisdictions.
- Gang Reduction Program is designed to reduce gang activity in targeted neighborhoods by incorporating a broad spectrum of research-based interventions to address the range of personal, family, and community factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency and gang activity.
- Information Sharing to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency: A Training and Technical Assistance Project increases the capacity of youth-serving agencies to exchange pertinent information by improving procedures and policies for secure information sharing across state, local, and tribal governments and community-based youth service programs.
- Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program helps state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases, including forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, and community education.
- Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program aims to reduce juvenile offending through offender-focused and system-focused activities that promote accountability.
- Tribal Youth Program helps tribal communities prevent juvenile delinquency, reduce violent crime, and improve tribal juvenile justice systems.
Clearinghouses and Technical Assistance
- Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) provides high-quality research and statistics to the public, policy makers, law enforcement personnel, and other child welfare practitioners to combat crimes against children by. CCRC is concerned with research about the nature and impact of crimes including child abduction, homicide, rape, assault, and physical and sexual abuse.
- National Crime Prevention Council produces publications, teaching materials, programs, trainings, announcements, webinars, and support for communities to use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies.
- National Gang Center provides national leadership, information, training, and technical assistance that target gangs and street gang members of all ages. The Center’s website features the latest research about gangs; descriptions of evidence-based, anti-gang programs; and links to tools, databases, and other resources to assist researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in developing and implementing effective community-based gang prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies.
- National Training and Technical Assistance Center promotes the use of evidence-based practices by providing practitioners with innovative training and technical assistance to meet the diverse needs of youth in the juvenile justice system, to reduce juvenile delinquency and crime, and to ensure the safe and equal treatment of all youth in the juvenile justice system.
- OJJDP National Training and Technical Assistance is a network of providers dedicated to delivering targeted training and technical assistance resources that address the needs of juvenile justice practitioners and support state and local efforts to build capacity and expand the use of evidence-based practices. The network provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to those working to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.