The Crime Victims Assistance Partnership (CVAP) seeks to educate, support, and assist victims and their families with the financial burden brought about by the tragic occurrence and aftermath of violent crime in the District of Columbia. CVAP assists with reimbursement or direct payment to providers for services necessary as a result of the crime (such as medical treatment) that are not covered by sources such as private insurance, medical aid programs, or other benefits.
CVAP, led by the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, consists of the D.C. Crime Victim Compensation Office, the Mayor’s Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, the Metropolitan Police Department (Asian Liason Unit), and other community partners. The program is funded by the Office of Victim Services of the Executive Office of the Mayor. Through CVAP, APALRC’s services include education the Asian Pacific American community about public safety, reporting crimes, and assisting victims with applying for the crime victim compensation. Since the project began in 2001, the APALRC has screened over 600 victims and has assisted nearly 100 Asian victims applying for compensation.