Victims of Crime

Webinar: “Interactions with the Media”

During this session, Chief Fred Fletcher (ret.) from the Chattanooga, Tennessee Police Department will discuss how police departments can work with the media to deliver victim-centered and trauma-informed messaging to the community, while also using the media to highlight agency successes around responding to crimes of domestic and sexual violence.

Webinar: “Ashanti Alert Act Pilot Project”

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will be hosting a webinar on the Ashanti Alert Act, a national notification system for individuals between the ages of 18 and 64.  As a state leader and coordinator in your state, BJA is asking that you participate in this webinar to discuss the possibility of your state becoming a pilot project state.

Additional information and the agenda will follow.  If you have any questions please contact David P. Lewis, Senior Policy Advisor, david.p.lewis@usdoj.gov, 202-616-7829.

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for their upcoming “Ashanti Alert Act Pilot Project” webinar on July 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET. The Ashanti Alert Act created a nationwide alert system that helps public safety agencies quickly locate missing adults between the ages of 18 and 64. BJA invites state leaders and coordinators to participate in this webinar to discuss the possibility of their state becoming a pilot project state.

Webinar: “Secondary Trauma & Traumatic Stress: Behavioral Signs and Symptoms and How to Mitigate”

This webinar series will address secondary trauma and traumatic stress in order to help law enforcement, prosecutors, and other investigative personnel identify, reduce, and address the traumatic impact of their work in combating child sexual exploitation. 

The webinar series will detail how and why stress and trauma manifest, what signs and symptoms we should be looking out for as well as how to mitigate the effects by using everyday tools, techniques, and coping strategies. This webinar will focus on behavioral factors that can compound the response to trauma.

Virtual: 2020 Summer Summit Learning Series

Due to COVID-19, the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) has decided to offer a portion of the Summer Summit that was to be held in Denver, CO in a modified format as the “2020 Summer Summit Virtual Learning Series.” This series highlights six of the topics from the original agenda regarding professional development and victim advocacy needed to address the “Challenge of Change.” Sign up today to learn from experienced faculty from around the country while not leaving your home office!

Serving Native Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders: Active Efforts and Plans of Safe Care

Substance use disorders among pregnant women and the number of infants born with prenatal substance exposure continues to rise. To address this, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) requires that states develop Plans of Safe Care and have policies and procedures to address the needs of this population. Presenters will briefly discuss the CAPTA requirements, some best practices, and examine the implications for active efforts and compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

Trauma-Informed Advocacy in the Time of a Pandemic

The world has changed, and ways of life have been put on hold. These are truly trying and difficult times for so many people. Tribal domestic violence advocates are struggling to find their footing and respond as best they can under the circumstances, given the lack of resources and tribal infrastructures as well as an increase in domestic violence. Indigenous people and Tribal Nations experience multiple levels of trauma, including Historical Trauma. All this contributes to the response to the current pandemic.

California’s 27th Annual State ICWA Conference

Attendees will hear from the California Department of Justice, California Tribal Families Coalition, and California Department of Social Services. This conference will provide Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) litigation and legislation updates and also take an in-depth look at different Tribes’ organizational approaches and how they are developing their infrastructure. 

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