Congressman DeSaulnier Hails $1.6 Million Grant for Zero Tolerance Initiative

October 2, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) hails the $1.6 million in federal funds awarded to Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance Initiative under the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) grants program for Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking. This funding will help Contra Costa County build on their human trafficking prevention efforts and better identify and serve the victims of human trafficking.

“During my time as a County Supervisor we developed the first Zero Tolerance Initiative in California. This is an important program and I am pleased we were able to play a role in securing federal funds to help combat human trafficking and to support survivors. I am proud of the pioneering work Contra Costa County has done to stop domestic violence,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

“Domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking have devastating impacts on our community. These grant awards will boost our efforts to reach and serve victims who are often unseen, and suffering in silence. We are deeply honored to have been selected. These grants demonstrate a vote of confidence in the strong partnerships we are building among criminal justice and community agencies,” said Devorah Levine, Zero Tolerance Chair.

Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance Initiative was established in 2001 by the County Board of Supervisors in an effort to combat domestic violence and protect victims. In June of this year, Congressman DeSaulnier was joined by Members of Congress who represent Contra Costa County in sending a letter to the Department of Justice in support of Contra Costa County’s application to the OVC grants program. A copy of that letter can be found here.