The Public Safety Division is comprised of the following units: Criminal Justice and Victim/Witness.These units provide funding to programs that train law enforcement, court education, victim notification, victim/witness assistance, internet crimes against children prevention, reducing crime lab backlogs, and postconviction DNA testing. Title VI of the Stafford Act authorizes FEMA to make grants for the purpose of providing a system of emergency preparedness for the protection of life and property in the United States from hazards and to vest responsibility for emergency preparedness jointly in the federal government and the states and their political subdivisions.With a combination of state and federal funds, the programs in the Criminal Justice Unit support enforcement activities including, but not limited to: suppressing criminal activity, reducing gun violence, reducing crime lab backlogs, and postconviction DNA testing. The federal government, through the EMPG Program, provides necessary direction, coordination, and guidance, and provides necessary assistance, as authorized in this title, to support a comprehensive all hazards emergency preparedness system.The purpose of the EMPG Program is to provide federal grants to States to assist State, local, territorial, and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by the Robert T. §§ 5121 et seq.) and Section 662 of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, as amended (6 U. The Victim Services Division is comprised of the following units: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Unserved/Underserved .Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended (42 U. These units provide funding to programs serving victims of crime in California, including, but not limited to, domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and violent crime types.
The Unit works with governmental, non-profit and tribal organizations to enhance service delivery to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial needs of underserved victims in California.The Underserved Victims Unit administers approximately 10 programs.The Sexual Assault Unit programs are designed to address sexual violence through a variety of efforts including: provision of quality services to sexual assault victims; education and training; resources to rape crisis centers; and training of forensic medical personnel.The programs administered through this Unit includes the facilitation of the State Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Victim Services.
The Human Trafficking Unit programs provide funding and technical assistance for the safety and support of victims of labor or sex trafficking.
This Unit also oversees programs that provide food, shelter and services to help homeless youth exit street life.