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The next GA Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting has been rescheduled for July 8, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held virtually.
ATLANTA, GA - The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) released a solicitation today for a new Family Justice Center Initiative. The Initiative will award $100,000 annually for up to four years to fund the development, implementation, and enhancement of a Family Justice Center in three selected Georgia communities.
ATLANTA (April 8, 2020) — The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is pleased to announce the approval of $3 million in emergency funds for victim services across the state. These funds are to meet the emergency needs of victims caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In light of recent concerns around the spread of COVID-19 and in the interest of public safety, the Governor’s office has instructed all state agencies to suspend non-essential training, beginning March 12, 2020. Therefore, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) has implemented the following:
The Human Trafficking Task Force Quarterly Meeting scheduled for April 1, 2020, has been cancelled.
Decatur, Ga.- An alleged serial rapist linked to eight sexual assault cold case crimes, including five in DeKalb County, has been apprehended. 58-year-old Wesley Cooley was arrested near his Conyers home on February 24, 2020 by the Fugitive and K9 Units of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. Cooley, charged with Rape, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail without bond. Additional charges are pending.
The current charge against Cooley stems from the April 2017 rape of a female victim in Tucker. He was identified as a suspect in February 2020 following a positive DNA match. Further investigation revealed that DNA evidence from that 2017 crime also links the same attacker to seven other unsolved sexual assault cases throughout metro Atlanta, including four in DeKalb, two in Atlanta, and one in Conyers. The crimes span a period of more than 20 years, dating back to 1999. The victims range in age from 15 to 38 at the time of the respective offenses.
Yesterday evening, Governor Kemp, DPH Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, and state officials confirmed Georgia’s first cases of COVID-19 involving two individuals in Fulton County. State health leaders, emergency management officials, and the Governor's office have been in constant communication with federal and local partners.
The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is pleased to announce the expansion of the Georgia Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (GA SAKI). Up until now, the GA SAKI Task Force (Task Force) has been solely focused on leading the investigation and prosecution of cold case sexual assaults that result from testing previously unsubmitted or untested sexual assault kits. This expansion will allow the Task Force to use grant funds obtained by CJCC to aid jurisdictions statewide
in the investigation and genetic testing of cold case homicides with sexual assault components and
in unidentified serial sexual assault cases.
Please join us for a ceremony honoring National Crime Victims' Rights Week on Thursday, April 16, 2020! The ceremony will take place in the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Auditorium from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.
The Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program has received multiple reports that the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is being used as part of an imposter scam targeting individuals throughout the country.