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Attend a Serving Safely Initiative Webinar for Prosecutors Working with Victims, Witnesses, and Defendants with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Vera Institute of Justice for the webinar “Victims, Witnesses, and Defendants with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Key Information for Prosecutors” on Monday, June 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are overrepresented in every part of the criminal justice system, including as victims and suspects or defendants. Prosecutors, who may encounter individuals with I/DD in a variety of ways, do not always have a full understanding of these types of disabilities or their potential impact on resolving cases. This webinar will provide an overview of I/DD, prosecutors’ legal obligations when interacting with the disability community, and concrete strategies to effectively serve this population using real-life case scenarios.
During the webinar, participants will hear from the Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities team – a collaborative effort between BJA, the Vera Institute of Justice, and partners in the fields of policing, mental illness, I/DD, crisis intervention, peer advocacy, emergency medicine, technology development, and prosecution.
Webinar presenters will include:
- Kristine Hamann, Founder and Executive Director, Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence.
- Melissa Reuland, Subject Matter Expert, Vera Institute of Justice; and
- Ariel Simms, Senior Program Manager and Attorney, The Arc.
Register for the webinar today.
View this webinar in the TTA Catalog.