Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Tuesday that Vermont has been awarded more than $1.47 million in federal grants to help victims of crime. The grants come from the Crime Victims Fund, the primary source of federal financial aid for crime victims, and are administered through the US Department of Justice.“The need for victim assistance and compensation has grown over the years, and the Crime Victims Fund has been a mainstay for crime victims in states like Vermont,” said Leahy. “Programs like those supported by the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services help survivors piece their lives back together. The vital funding Vermont has received from the Crime Victims Fund will help to ensure continued support for these efforts.”Vermont has received $1.27 million for victim assistance programs to support local efforts such as crisis intervention, emergency shelters, transportation, counseling and criminal justice system advocacy. The state has also received $200,000 for compensation programs to reimburse victims and their families directly for expenses related to their victimization, including medical and mental health costs, and funeral burial expenses. The funding is administered by the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services.Leahy, a former prosecutor in Vermont, has led the effort in Congress to protect the Crime Victims Fund, which the last administration sought to tap for other uses. The Fund is supported exclusively by fines and other penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, not by taxpayer dollars. The Fund serves roughly four million crime victims every year, including victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and drunk driving, as well as survivors of homicide victims. Crime Victim Fund grants have become especially important for states at a time when many programs have faced funding cuts in the wake of the economic downturn.Leahy is the author of the Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act, which will help ensure that crime victims receive essential services and federal support under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Last October, the legislation was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Leahy chairs. He also worked to include $100 million for crime victim assistance in the 2009 economic recovery act.More than 4,000 agencies nationwide are supported by VOCA funds each year. Source: Leahy. 9.14.2010
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“When I first saw it I was like, ‘Oh sh–,’ like everybody else,” James said. “He ripped through his shoe making a routine move that he’s made countless times. Second thing that went through my mind was kind of the same injury that I had on Christmas day. My other side slipped and the other side took the punishment. His left foot slipped and busted out his shoe and his right knee …“I have no comment on what he should do for his future,” James went on, in regard to whether he thought Williamson should forego the remainder of the college season. “If he needed any advice, he could find a way to find me. But it’s not for you guys; it’s not for someone to go sit across the table and say, ‘LeBron said this about this kid.’”Fair enough. But because the kid – perhaps you’ve heard? – officially will be lacing ’em up tonight for the first time as an NBA player today when the New Orleans Pelicans face the San Antonio Spurs (6:30 p.m., ESPN), let’s consider some of what James has said about him.Before Williamson was hurt last February, James made the 35-minute aerial commute to Charlottesville, Virginia, with agent Rich Paul and Lakers teammates Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo to catch Williamson’s second-ranked Blue Devils defeat the No. 4 Cavaliers.“What strikes me? His agility and his quickness,” James said then to ESPN. “For his size, how strong he is, to be able to move like the way he moves, he’s very impressive. I mean, everybody can see the athleticism. That’s obvious, that’s ridiculous. But the speed and the quickness that he moves (with) at that size is very impressive.” And then last May, on his HBO show “The Shop,” James shared more thoughts on Williamson, whose play and potential has generated buzz fit for The King, earning high praise and the high pressure that come with those regular comparisons.“I’ve watched him a lot over the last year,” James said of Williamson, who was on the verge of leaving college to become the No. 1 overall pick in last summer’s draft. “Obviously I was with everybody (in regard to) him coming out of high school. I was like, ‘OK, all this competition that he’s playing against, these little short-a– white kids, he’s dunking on them, dunking over (them) every single time. Can he play? Can he play, like can he play ball?’“And you know, the one thing that I noticed with his one year at Duke, that his energy was infectious, man,” James said. “Every possession it seemed like he could make a difference on the outcome of the game.”Finally, after the 6-foot-6, 284-pound forward missed the Pelicans’ first 44 games while recovering from a surgically repaired lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, James – whose Lakers face the Knicks today at Madison Square Garden – and the rest of us will start to learn how Williamson’s game translates in the NBA.“I’m always open for guys like that, I know a little bit of what he’s going through,” James said before this season’s opener, soon after the news broke that Williamson would need knee surgery.“If he wants some guidance and tips, I got him. But I’m not gonna do it for you guys.”The Lakers (34-9) are 2-0 this season against a Zion-less Pelicans (17-27) squad. The teams will face each other twice more, on Feb. 25 at Staples Center and March 1 in New Orleans.— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingTour LeBron – The Lakers star showed up to surprise 50 New York teens who’ll benefit from a free yearlong membership to the City Bike program.‘Disrespectful’ – James on debris thrown at his son Bronny during Sierra Canyon’s game on Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts.The worst – The megawatt game that wasn’t Monday – and why.Being a social media cult hero has its drawbacks – Checking in with Alex Caruso, whose popularity boosted him to fourth place in All-Star fan voting among Western Conference guards.You’ve got mail – Kyle Goon shared his expertise on everything you wanted to know about, from Jason Kidd to what the first-place Lakers still might want.Defensive effort – Kyle Kuzma wants to give it.Zion Watch – Remember when James and Anthony Davis sat courtside to see Zion take on the Knicks in Summer League action?It’s official – Dwight Howard will compete in the slam dunk contest. Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Jan. 22 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.A Lakers’ media availability last February delivered another reminder of LeBron James’ role as a superstar – and as a superstar spokesman, the leading voice on matters related to his sport and fellow superstars alike.Because Zion Williamson had just blown through his shoe in the opening minute of Duke’s game against North Carolina the previous night (a frightening, freaky incident that resulted in a Grade 1 mild right knee sprain), James was asked about it.He offered a perspective that day that was honest, empathetic, ultimately professional.