The Identity Theft Resource Center Launches Initiative to Develop Identity Services in Black Communities

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A multi-year project backed by leading financial and identity protection companies, with research support from the Black Researchers Collective, will identify the unique identity issues facing Black communities and develop programs to address them

The initiative aims to provide identity education and protection programs and culturally competent identity services in Black communities.

The initiative aims to provide identity education and protection programs and culturally competent identity services in Black communities.

“We believe there is a lack of actionable data and specialized programs around identity services and protection in Black communities," said Eva Velasquez, President and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center.

Today, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization established to support victims of identity crime, announces a new initiative in partnership with NortonLifeLock, Synchrony, Wells Fargo Foundation and the Black Researchers Collective (BRC). The three-year initiative looks to develop culturally competent identity services in Black communities, including specific identity education and protection programs.

The ITRC and its partners believe there is a lack of data and protection programs designed to address unique identity protection issues in Black communities. The initiative is similar to a program previously funded by the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Victims of Crime that focused on developing identity protection programs for the blind/low vision and deaf/hard of hearing communities.

“This initiative will help address a need that is little understood,” said Eva Velasquez, President and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “We believe there is a lack of actionable data and specialized programs around identity services and protection in Black communities. Thanks to our partners at NortonLifeLock, Synchrony, Wells Fargo, and the Black Researchers Collective for helping contribute to us better understanding identity issues and developing specific programs.”

Anyone who believes they are the victim of an identity crime can contact the ITRC toll-free by phone (888.400.5530) or live-chat on the company website idtheftcenter.org.

About the Identity Theft Resource Center

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a national nonprofit organization established to empower and guide consumers, victims, businesses, and government to minimize risk and mitigate the impact of identity compromise and crime. Through public and private support, the ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its website live-chat idtheftcenter.org and toll-free phone number 888.400.5530. The ITRC also equips consumers and businesses with information about recent data breaches through its data breach tracking tool, notified. The ITRC offers help to specific populations, including the deaf/hard of hearing and blind/low vision communities.

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Identity Theft Resource Center
Alex Achten
Head of Earned & Owned Media Relations
888.400.5530 Ext. 3611
media@idtheftcenter.org

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