The American Samoa Criminal Justice Planning Agency, headed by Mrs Mariana Timu-Faiai, has been awarded a grant of $454,543 from the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice programs.
The funds are part of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funding program, a leading source of federal funding for the justice programs of states and territories.
This funding covers areas like law enforcement, prosecution and defense efforts, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections, drug treatment, and technology
Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata said, “I would like to recognize the important work of the American Samoa Criminal Justice Planning Agency. They have brought millions of dollars of federal funding to the territory’s justice system, and I thank Director Mariana Timu-Faiai and her agency for their incredible service,”
The congresswoman went on to say, “Grants like these give our government the flexibility that it needs to address key areas of importance.”
She also offered congratulation to the Governor, Lt Governor and ASG for the grant award and thanked US Attorney General Merrick Garland and OJP Acting Director Kristen Mahoney for this support.