September 06, 2022- Tamuning, Guam- The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) continues to assist crime victims and their families. Last Friday, the OAG and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Commission (CICC) awarded $71,844.48 to eight victims and their families, providing them with financial relief as a result of crime.
In February, the CICC awarded seven victims and their families $80,777.09, bringing this year’s total awards to over $150k.
Attorney General Leevin T. Camacho said, “I’d like to thank our commission members for their time and efforts for the work they perform serving the victims of our community through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Program.”
The commission members are the Honorable Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson, Pale’ Mike Crisostomo, Dr. Lisa Flores, and Denise Mendiola.
For many years, the CICC was defunct due to a lack of quorum. In 2013, the law was amended, allowing the OAG to oversee the administration of the CICC. Since the program restarted in 2015, eligible victims have been awarded $875,880.16.
The CICC Fund provides financial compensation to eligible victims and their families in an effort to offset some of the costs incurred as a result of violent crimes. It is comprised of monies received from fines imposed on defendants in certain criminal cases. The OAG was also able to secure a federal grant that reimburses .60 cents to every dollar awarded.
The OAG is the certifying officer of the fund, serves as legal counsel, and provides administrative assistance to the commission. For more information on eligibility requirements and about the program, visit http://oagguam.org/victim-services/ or call 671-475-2587.