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Gang Suppression: A Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Approach To Address Gang Recruitment of Unaccompanied Alien Children

Grants to USA Law Enforcement and Government Agencies for
Programs to Reduce Gang Recruitment of Vulnerable Children

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Deadline Date:

10/04/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories law enforcement agencies, local government agencies, and tribal governments for the development and implementation of programs to reduce gang recruitment of unaccompanied youth. Funding is intended to reduce violent crime and victimization of alien youth and children.

Unaccompanied alien children (UAC) are defined as children who lack lawful immigration status in the United States, are younger than age 18, and are without a parent or legal guardian in the United States who is available to provide care and physical custody.

OJJDP’s gang and youth violence prevention strategy is founded on the recognition that preventing and reducing gang crime and violence require a shared framework of strategic and coordinated delivery of programs, services, and practices across multiple sectors that balance community development, prevention, intervention, and targeted suppression and enforcement.

The Gang Suppression: A Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Approach To Address Gang Recruitment of Unaccompanied Alien Children program is designed to reduce violent crime, gangs (specifically transnational gangs), and victimization and promote public safety in communities through implementation support for eligible communities that demonstrates their readiness to put a comprehensive strategic plan into action, based on a multilateral data-driven strategy.

The overall, long-term goals of the Gang Suppression: A Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Approach To Address Gang Recruitment of Unaccompanied Alien Children program are to:
- Develop and implement a customized gang suppression strategy.
- Reduce and sustain reductions in community youth violence, particularly gang violence associated with UAC and TCOs.
- Share gang intelligence data with other law enforcement agencies.
- Prevent violence and promote healing from victimization and exposure to violence in the home, school, and community.
- Increase the safety, well-being, and healthy development of children, youth, and families.

OJJDP is seeking proposals from applicant jurisdictions that have high levels of youth-perpetrated gun crime and gang violence and that can demonstrate a willingness and readiness to develop fully comprehensive community and data-driven responses. Funding will support selected jurisdictions to undertake strategic planning and capacity-building work through multidisciplinary and community partnerships.

Applicants must propose and undertake their work through a collaboration of key stakeholders. The collaborative group must be led by law enforcement and include representation from prosecutors; the USAO and its PSN team; and city, county, and/or tribal leadership. It may include other key partners such as public health, education, courts, job and workforce development, housing, and community development agencies; faith-based organizations; or other community-based representation.

Specific objectives and associated activities are:

1. Develop and implement a customized gang suppression strategy. Implement a customized gang suppression strategy equipped to address the unique challenges presented to local law enforcement and prosecutors.

2. Stop gang violence and increase public safety. Reduce and sustain reductions in community youth violence, particularly gang violence associated with UAC and UAC victimization. Prevent and intervene to deter youth ages 12 to 24 from gun and gang violence using evidence- and practice-based approaches, notably the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model; Group Violence Intervention, formerly known as the Boston Ceasefire model; and Cure Violence.

3. Share gang intelligence data with applicable agencies. Create information exchange protocols between local jurisdictions and other agencies, specifically ORR, to share information regarding UAC and their gang affiliations.

4. Increase collaboration between law enforcement, prosecutors, and the USAO to enhance gang suppression strategies to include the ever-changing nature of gangs, gang structure, and behaviors. Consult program examples such as those found in the PSN efforts.

5. Reduce the impact of violence on youth, victims, and the community through law enforcement’s development of intervention plans, positive social contacts with target gang members, community mobilization efforts, and gang prevention activities focused on the target area(s).

Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate a high-need, high-capacity readiness to implement a detailed strategic plan and action plan to deliver reductions in youth violence through a coordinated and comprehensive approach involving prevention, intervention, trauma response, and enforcement in high-need areas. The successful applicants will demonstrate their ability to explicitly describe the jurisdiction’s current gang landscape. This supports targeted implementation efforts for high-crime and high-capacity localities to enact proposed law enforcement-focused cross-sector, community-based approaches to youth violence in the community, particularly gang violence, through a range of new and coordinated targeted suppression and enforcement strategies, policies, and activities.

OJJDP will give priority consideration to applicants who demonstrate that their program will address unaccompanied alien children who are at risk for being introduced or indoctrinated into violent transnational criminal organizations or gangs (such as MS-13 or M-18) and also have high rates of gang crime and delinquency that have been attributed, in large part, to this population.

An applicant may receive priority consideration by explaining how it would address the problem area identified in its application through cooperation with immigration authorities, honoring requests for notice of release, transfers of custody, and/or short term extensions of custody, and providing access to detention centers so federal immigration authorities may conduct interviews.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184003

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 6

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1.2 million

Term of Contract:

OJJDP expects to make awards for a 3-year period of performance, to begin on or after January 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to law enforcement agencies recognized in states (including territories), units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior.

OJJDP welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications are due by 11:59 PM eastern time (ET) on October 04, 2018.

Registering with is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation of registration and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at:
800–518–4726 or 606–545–5035

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at:
TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only)

CFDA Number:

16.544, 16.123

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