Washington’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy recently announced the final tranche of grants to five Washington state federally recognized tribes for the Tribal Victims of Crime Services Initiative, bringing the total funding to $4.4 million and serving 20 tribes.

The funding supports key goals to develop, enhance, and sustain victim assistance programs within tribal communities. Components of the tribal initiative include crisis services, advocacy, and outreach to individuals who have been harmed.

“The Lummi Nation Victims Crime program has not slowed down since the pandemic. The program has seen an increase in need from both new and recurring clients seeking support for housing, protection, shelter and basic necessities,” Penny Hillaire, Lummi Victims of Crime Program Coordinator, said in a statement. “The Tribal Initiative funding has been a blessing since our Tribe has been forced to lay off 170 employees that will not be able to return due to the shortfall of revenue.”

To see the full list of grant recipients, click here.