The Office of the Attorney General announced on Wednesday that Attorney General Ken Paxton awarded over $35 million in grant funds to non-profit organizations and local governments to help those who have dealt with sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking.
In a news release sent to The Dallas Express, the OAG detailed that $14,784,798 in state grants was allocated to 74 rape crisis centers, along with another $608,448 in federal grants allotted to 10 rape crisis centers.
Similarly, $10 million in state grants was distributed to nonprofits that offer support to crime victims not covered by OAG programs.
Another $2,611,320.76 was disseminated to 150 counties across the state to help provide round-the-clock information services and notifications to victims about court dates, parole hearings, and prison transfers.
The Supreme Court of Texas also received $2.5 million, which will be used to increase the amount of free or reduced-cost legal services available to crime victims.
Finally, 49 district attorneys and law enforcement offices received $2,312,850 of grant funds that will be used to advocate for victims of these crimes.
“Achieving justice for Texans who have been victims of senseless acts of crime is a sacred responsibility,” said Paxton in the press release.
“At every opportunity, I have fought for the vital state funding that serves crime victims whose experiences forever changed their lives and the lives of those they love. I am proud that these grant funds directly assist victims of crime through counseling services, advocacy, legal assistance, and other vital resources to promote healing.”