BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Sexual Trauma Awareness and Responses (STAR) was given a $900,000 continuation grant to give free legal representation to sexual assault survivors. The grant was given by the Office of Violence Against Women in the Department of Justice.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this contribution grant from the Office on Violence Against Women,” said Morgan Lamandre, CEO at STAR. “This funding not only recognizes the impact of our legal program but also allows us to continue offering vital support to survivors of sexual assault. We are excited to hire a new Legal Director who will help us further enhance our services and advocate for the rights of survivors. This grant will enable us to continue our mission of supporting survivors and seeking justice on their behalf.”

According to a release from STAR, the grant will be able to further strengthen its award-winning legal program and continue to offer legal services to survivors. STAR will also continue its range of services including individual advocacy, counseling, community education, and social change programs.