Justice Solutions — Anne Seymour’s Crime Victims and Survivors Work (2021)

Photo of Anne Seymour, courtesy of Justice Solutions.

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Justice Solutions staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $55,000 to Justice Solutions to support work by Anne Seymour to identify and meet the needs of crime victims and survivorsCHAR(59) to support justice reform initiatives at the federal and state levelsCHAR(59) and to promote ongoing partnerships among organizations that serve crime survivors, incarcerated individuals, and formerly incarcerated individuals.

This follows our February 2019 support and represents an “exit grant” that will provide Justice Solutions with approximately one year of operating support. It falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Justice Solutions — Anne Seymour’s Crime Victims and Survivors Work (2019)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Justice Solutions staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $115,000 over two years to Justice Solutions to support work by Anne Seymour to identify and meet the needs of crime victims and survivors; to support justice reform initiatives at the federal and state levels; and to promote ongoing partnerships among organizations that serve crime survivors, incarcerated individuals, and formerly incarcerated individuals.

This discretionary grant is a renewal of our February 2017 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Justice Solutions — Anne Seymour’s Crime Victims and Survivors Work (2017)

Ms. Seymour with Rep. Ted Poe and Rep. Jim Costa of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus. (Photo courtesy of Justice Solutions)
Published: March 2017

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $112,613 to Justice Solutions to support an 18-month project by Anne Seymour, whom we view as a prominent and well-connected victims’ rights advocate who is supportive of criminal justice reform, with a goal of enabling her to build relationships and increase communication between the fields of victims’ rights and criminal justice reform. This grant will cover Ms. Seymour’s time, sub-grants to research institutions, a videographer, project support staff, and travel costs.

The project aims to assess the status of victims’ rights to dignity and respect, which are included in statutes and constitutions in many states but are not defined in most of these states. The project will consist of research on existing statutory and constitutional language; meta-analysis of existing research on what factors affect the fair treatment of victims; and surveys, interviews, and roundtables to learn the views of victims, law enforcement and other stakeholders on this issue. Ms. Seymour aims to create a national dialogue around what constitutes dignified and respectful treatment of victims, which she then plans to use in advocacy with law enforcement to encourage reforms. She plans to create a website that will feature the products of her research, including interviews and quotes regarding victims’ needs.

This is a discretionary (formerly called “no-process”) grant. For discretionary grants, the grant investigator (in this case Chloe Cockburn, our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform) can recommend the grant without needing to go through our normal process of providing their reasoning, discussing with the team, and providing input on and review of our public page. These grants are limited to a relatively small proportion of our grantmaking, and some other stipulations apply to what types of grant are eligible. The overall aim is for us to be able to move forward on relatively small and low-risk grants, based purely on the judgment of a single staff member and with minimal delay.

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