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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A bilingual victim advocate in the Chatham Co. District Attorney's Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) has received extended funding from Gov. Nathan Deal.

The VWAP initiative provides a bilingual advocate that offers communication support to Spanish-speaking victims of crimes in Chatham County.

This year's sum of $72,027 brings the total amount of funding received to $288,108 from the program start in 2010.

Teresa "Tere" Rivera will remain in the DA's Office as the county's first Bilingual Victim Advocate, helping those in the traditionally underserved Hispanic population of Chatham Co. to work their way through the criminal justice system.

This position allows the improvement of the quality of public services offered to the residents of Chatham County. The program tries to give voice to the ones who have traditionally been voiceless.

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