ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman today announced the appointment of Ellyn Rapaport to the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board—a program that provides compensation to victims and their families for losses incurred due to a crime.
Rapaport replaces Rosalind Sampson as the board’s victim representative.
Rapaport currently works as an attorney at TSR Injury Law in Bloomington. She has a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida.
Rapaport is the latest addition to the five-member board; her term expires Jan. 1, 2017.
The Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board was established in 1974 in response to increased public concern for victims of violent crime. The board is a unit of the Office of Justice Programs, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
For more information on the Crime Victims Reparations Board, visit https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ojp/help-for-crime-victims/Pages/crime-victims-reparations.aspx.
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
About the Office of Justice Programs
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides leadership and resources to reduce crime, improve the functioning of the criminal justice system and assist crime victims.
Established in 2003, OJP:
- Works to protect crime victims’ rights.
- Administers grants to local programs for assistance to crime victims.
- Provides training and technical assistance to improve the functioning of Minnesota’s criminal and juvenile justice systems; and reduce crime, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse and violence.
- Provides research and data; develops reports on a variety of criminal justice topics.
- Provides reparations benefits to victims and families for losses resulting from a violent crime.
Recent OJP Activity:
- OJP’s Crime Victim Reparations program received 1,555 new claims and approved $2.3 million in awards in fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012).
- OJP’s Crime Victim Justice Unit opened 30 formal cases, provided informal assistance to many dozens more and had more than 1,400 contacts with victims, criminal justice professionals and members of the public in fiscal year 2012.
- In fiscal year 2012, OJP awarded $32,530,798 in grants to programs that provide direct services and advocacy for victims of child abuse, domestic and sexual violence and general crime.