Victims' Advocates

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.

Webinar: “Connecting People Who Have Serious Mental Illness to Care: Trends and Strategies”

The Stepping Up initiative encourages counties to track data along Four Key Measures, including connecting people who have serious mental illness (SMI) to treatment and other services after discharge from jail. Communities across the country are looking for information on how to best facilitate connection to care for individuals with SMI. With the current expansion of telehealth, there is a need to discuss best approaches, other ways to connect to care, and to share tips and strategies from counties.

2020 NDAA Virtual Summer Summit – The Challenge of Change: Prosecutors Leading the Way

This session is part of 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.”

This session will highlight procedural justice and trust-building for prosecutors.

Speakers:

Emily LaGratta, Principal, LaGratta Consulting,

John Belton, District Attorney, Lincoln and Union Parishes (LA),

Kirsten Pabst, District Attorney, Missoula County (MT),

Dave Sunday, District Attorney, York County (PA).

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. 

Webinar: “Lifting Up Voices: Law Enforcement WEAAD Celebration”

Join the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) for their webinar, Lifting Up Voices: Law Enforcement WEAAD Celebration. During World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), OVC wants to take this opportunity to celebrate America’s law enforcement officers. Federal agencies will be joined by Officer Steven McGhee with the Paradise Valley Police Department (Arizona) in lifting up the voices of law enforcement by recognizing and commending their tireless work in combating elder abuse throughout our country and continuing to serve as first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar: Meet the SAKI Experts – Michigan State University

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Team is continuing their new interview series, Meet the SAKI Experts! This series of brief interviews will highlight SAKI TTA’s partners and consultants and their roles on the SAKI project. During each event, a member of the SAKI TTA Team will conduct a virtual interview with the featured subject matter expert.

Webinar - COVID-19: Managing the Stress of Uncertainty by Taking Care of You

The "COVID-19: Managing the Stress of Uncertainty by Taking Care of You" webinar will help policy makers and all disciplines of correctional staff provide training and technical assistance on effective management of employees and subsequent related stressors that can be caused by pandemic-type occurrences.

National Domestic Violence Prosecution Conference

The conference will focus on the needs of jurisdictions responding to domestic violence cases. Experienced prosecutors and victim advocates will facilitate discussion and train participants on practical strategies and model policies in domestic violence prosecution. Prosecutors and victim advocates with all levels of experience are encouraged to attend.

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