AEquitas' mission is to improve the quality of justice in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and human trafficking cases by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability. AEquitas' staff includes former prosecutors who provide 24/7 case consultation; conduct legal research; deliver live and web-based trainings; and publish articles, monographs, and other resources. AEquitas’ guiding philosophy is that success in criminal cases means achieving justice, which the U.S. Supreme Court has defined as an outcome in which the guilty do not escape and the innocent do not suffer. The prosecutor’s mandate to seek justice – not only convictions – requires practices that focus on protecting victims from offenders as well as from the collateral consequences of participating in the criminal justice process.
Active BJA Funded Project(s):
Innovative Prosecution Solutions Training and Technical Assistance
Category 1 Improving Victim and Witness Cooperation