Seeking justice on behalf of physically or sexually abused children and helping those children heal is the mission of the Utah Children’s Justice Centers Program. Protecting children is also a core mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Due to the intersection of vision, the partnership between the two organizations is a natural fit and a big reason why the LDS Church continues to support the CJC Program.
The CJC Program received $50,000 from the LDS Church this year, making it the fourth consecutive year the Church has given to the organization. Each year, the CJCs determine where the gift can have the greatest impact. The contribution this year will go to outlying and rural sites for the following:
- To update interview recording equipment, a critical component of the CJC process;
- Support renovations in several centers; and
- Help establish a victim advocate at the San Juan facility.
For more coverage on the LDS Church grant to Utah CJCs check out the links, below.
Deseret News: LDS women leaders present donation to prevent child abuse in Utah, Bolivia
KSL.com: LDS Church donates $75K to combat child abuse in Utah and Bolivia
Fox 13: LDS Church makes donation to Children’s Justice Center to aid abuse victims
KUER: Top Female Mormon Leaders Say Child Abuse Is Major Priority
KUTV: LDS Church donates to child abuse prevention charities at home and abroad
Mormon Newsroom: Church Donates to Child Abuse Prevention Organizations
LDS Living: LDS Female Church Leaders Donate $75,000 to Fight Child Abuse
The Utah Children’s Justice Program oversees 23 independently-run CJC sites that serve 28 counties throughout the state. Sites are designed with the comfort of the child in mind to provide a safe, friendly atmosphere for forensic interviews, medical examinations, and follow-up support services. For more information please contact the CJC closest to you.
SALT LAKE CITY April 29, 2016 –The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) announced today that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated $25,000 to the Utah Children’s Justice Center Program (CJC), a children victims’ advocacy program administered by the Attorney General with 22 locations statewide.
“The Children’s Justice Center Program, administered through our office, is able to provide unique multi-disciplinary services to victims of child abuse because of partnering counties and private donations. We are grateful that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes and financially supports the critical needs of Utah children in distress who access support through the centers,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “This year, the CJC Program celebrates 25 years in Utah. I am personally in awe of the many professionals, volunteers and donors who have directly helped thousands of innocent and vulnerable children find safety and healing through one of the 22 centers across the state.”
In a meeting at LDS Church headquarters, Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, the LDS Church’s Young Women General President presented the check for $25,000 to Tracey Tabet, Director of the Children’s Justice Center Program, along with a check for $100,000 to Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children’s Alliance in Washington, D.C. The Children’s Justice Center Program is an affiliate of the National Children’s Alliance.
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