About Us

What is Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)?

PSN is a Department of Justice initiative that began in 2001 to reduce violent crime nationwide by utilizing evidence-based methods, and it consists of approximately 100 districts, which are led by U.S. Attorney offices and may include local law enforcement, judiciary, nonprofit and other local components. The foundation of PSN strategy includes utilizing community-based, targeted, and comprehensive programs to address violent crime problems.

What is PSN Training and Technical Assistance (TTA)?

The PSN TTA program supports U.S. Attorneys across the nation in implementing their PSN initiatives. The TTA program consists of three partner organizations including the National Center for Victims of Crime (the National Center), Michigan State University, and CNA Institute for Public Research.

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What is the National Center's role?

PSN efforts have recently integrated victims’ and their families’ needs and experiences, which the National Center recognizes as essential to reducing violent crime. The National Center leads this effort by serving as a voice for victims and providing trauma-informed and victim-centered TTA to all task forces. The National Center’s TTA covers a wide range of topics including trauma and victimization essentials, victim services assessments, sexual violence victimization, victim/witness intimidation and retaliation, vicarious trauma, community trust, procedural justice, LGBTQ+ trauma and resilience, and much more.

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Our TTA Team

Benjamin McCarty, Esq.

Program Director

Chafica Agha, Esq.

Program Associate

Christa Andersen

Program Associate

About The National Center

The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.

The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues. After more than 25 years, we remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims’ rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives.

The National Center is, at its core, an advocacy organization committed to — and working on behalf of — crime victims and their families. Rather than focus the entire organization’s work on one type of crime or victim, the National Center addresses all types of crime.

Through collaboration with local, state, and federal partners, the National Center:

  • Advocates for Stronger Rights, Protections, and Services for Crime Victims
  • Provides Education, Training, and Evaluation
  • Serves as a Trusted Source of Current Information on Victims' Issues

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