The U.S. Department of Justice has allocated $5.4 million for services needed by crime victims in Puerto Rico.
The island’s representative in the U.S. Congress in Washington, Pedro Pierluisi, announced Tuesday in a press release that the funds will go to the Office of Public Security Affairs in Puerto Rico’s Department of Justice.
From there they will be redistributed among organizations that provide services directly to crime victims.
The federal funds are administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, which provides an annual amount for assistance services for crime victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual aggression, child abuse, accidents caused by people driving under the influence of alcohol, and homicides, among other crimes.
The services include emergency shelter and security, assistance in obtaining protective injunctions and in filling out applications for compensation, counseling and legal representation.