2018 State Attorney’s Denise Moon Memorial Fund Grant Recipients

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Denise Moon grants allow us to help nonprofits assist victims of crime, reduce crime in communities and provide alternatives to criminal activity through job training, educational attainment and other efforts. These grant awards are made possible thanks to a partnership with the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit.

Americans for Immigrant Justice – $45,000

To provide immigration legal representation to and advocate on behalf of immigrant survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault who would not otherwise be able to afford legal assistance.

Amplifyme – $25,000

To support Youth Media Institute Weekly Workshops, hosted by Miami Edison Senior High. Workshops will be provided once a week during school year. Final Screening will showcase participants work during the quarter; it will be free and open to the public, with a focus on the Liberty City and Little Haiti community.

Camillus House, Inc. – $40,000

The Program is designed to assist and empower each individual human trafficking victim to distance themselves from the perpetrator(s), and also to provide survivors with free legal civil representation & guidance in all areas of the law in order for victims to become productive and contributing members of our community.

Catholic Charities Legal Services, ADOM – $45,000

In the next year, CLS will represent 125-150 immigrant victims of crime in seeking legal status and finding much needed social services. As part of this work we will empower them to assert their right to gain status when they report crimes and cooperate with law enforcement, while building trust in the police and increasing public safety.

Ladies Empowerment and Action Program, Inc. (LEAP)  – $40,000

Grant funds will provide renewed support and help develop a pilot retail internship program for female ex-offenders, which will operate as part of LEAP’s Dragonfly Thrift Boutique, and which will provide essential job training skills and experience so they can secure meaningful employment.

Miami Children’s Initiative – $40,000

MCI’s Liberty City Advocates (LCA) program is a community safety initiative within the MCI impact zone that drastically reduces crime and increases residents’ use of available resources and services. The LCA program focuses on a physical presence on targeted blocks to prevent and reduce crime as well as activities that promote community building.

MUJER, Inc. – $45,000

MUJER seeks funding to continue serving victims of domestic and/or sexual abuse who reside south of Kendall Drive from its One Stop Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center located in Naranja, FL.

Overtown Youth Center, Inc. – $40,000

The goal of our Career and College Empowerment program is to deter crime by increasing the access and exposure to civil/public service opportunities, that promote civic engagement, as well as an introduction to successful career pathways that have had an unfavorable responses (of late) from society.

RJT Foundation – $10,000

Provide bereavement support group activities, youth educational activities, resourceful information, career training, community engagement and outreach to help youth and families impacted by violence.

Lotus House Women’s Shelter – $25,000

Assessment, shelter in a shared community, meals, clothing, help accessing benefits and wrap-­around supportive services are provided for high special needs homeless women/youth and children who have been victims of crime. Evidence based/informed trauma focused counseling and services emphasized to break the cycle of homelessness and violence.

Thelma Gibson Health Initiative – $22,000

The RJT Foundation Program will target Victim Assistance, and help individuals and families overcome the personal, emotional and other challenges they face as a result of being victims of crime. RJT promotes taking a stand against violence and bullying through volunteerism, safety awareness, and by empowering families to reduce violence and crime.

VIDA Legal Assistance, Inc. – $45,000

VIDA Miami will provide free quality legal representation in immigration matters to immigrant survivors of dv, sexual assault, & human trafficking using a victim-centered trauma-informed model. This project will strengthen survivor’s ability to support themselves & their families, help them access other services & lead a life free of abuse.

Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program – $20,000

Provide crime prevention education relevant to the at-risk teenage girl demographic to ensure their ability to make safer choices and trauma-informed care training for WOT caregivers (Mentors and School Coordinators)