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Disaster unemployment assistance now available
FEMA announced this week that unemployment assistance will be available for workers who lost their jobs and for self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to Typhoon Soudelor.  FEMA officials initially said that they could not extend the assistance because the Commonwealth does not have an unemployment insurance law or state agency. But Congress authorized these benefits in the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Relief Act and your congressional office requested that FEMA reconsider. The unemployment assistance will now be provided using Hawai’i’s Employment Security Law per 20 CFR Part 625. Individuals must file applications by October 19, 2015 in person at the Workforce Investment Agency office, Building 1215 on Capitol Hill, Saipan. Application forms are available online and at the WIA office.

$1.6 million in federal justice grants awarded
$1,320,321 for crime victims’ assistance, public safety programs The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a total of $1,320,321 to the Criminal Justice Planning Agency for programs that help victims of crime and support public safety programs. CJPA will solicit proposals from individuals/groups in the NMI to apply for these federal funds: $531,675 for CJPA’s Victim Assistance Program. The grant supports direct services to crime victims including information and referral services, crisis counseling, temporary housing, criminal justice advocacy support, and other assistance needs. CJPA administers the funds to state and community-based victim service program operations. A portion of the funds will be used to support training and technical assistance for victim assistance grantees and others who work with crime victims. $587,228 for CJPA’s STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program. The grant will be used to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution, and cou

Soudelor Recovery Update - Week 8
Conditions continue to improve—though for some more than others—as week 8 of recovery from Typhoon Soudelor ends. As we have throughout the aftermath of the storm, we report here on federal agency assistance to the people of the Northern Marianas. Deadline for FEMA registration is October 5; DRC closing, DLOC to open Typhoon Soudelor survivors have until Monday, October 5 to register for household and individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Managemet Agency. Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1 (800) 621-3362. People with speech or hearing disabilities who use TTY should call 1 (800) 462-7585. The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-purpose Center in Susupe will remain open until October 9. After the DRC closes, the U.S. Small Business Administration will open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC), where survivors can meet with SBA representatives, follow up on their applications, and sign and close loans. Last day for household h

Kilili proposes extending terms of insular federal court judges
Marianas Variety— U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan has introduced legislation to extend the term of office for U.S. District Court judges in insular areas from 10 to 15 years. The “U.S. Territorial Federal Judges Improvement Act of 2015” is co-sponsored by U.S. Congresswomen Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, and Stacey Plaskett, D-U.S. Virgin Islands. “Judges are expected to interpret the law and hand down their decisions without fear or favor, and regardless of public criticism or reprisal from the elected branches,” Congressman Sablan said. “Longer terms are conducive to this standard of justice.” Sablan also is seeking the extended term to put the insular judges on a similar footing as other U.S. judges. “The fifteen years I am proposing for our insular U.S. District Court judges is the same term as other legislatively-established court judges, such as those of the U.S. Tax Court and Court of Federal Claims,” Sablan added. The U.S. Territorial Federal Judg

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