The Office for Victims of Crime and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute are extending this invitation to participate as a presenter at the 15th National Indian Nations Conference. Workshop presentations should demonstrate methods and strategies to improve safety, as well as promote justice and healing for crime victims through cooperation, and collaboration between Tribal, Federal, State, local and private entities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Target Audience: The target audience is all persons interested in assisting victims of crime in Indian country including:
Indian Country Service Providers (Tribal, State, and Federal):
- Child Advocates
- Child Protection Case Workers
- Social Services
- Elder Services
- Victim Advocates
- Medical Personnel
- Law Enforcement
- Judges & Prosecutors
- Substance Abuse Counselors
- Traditional Healers
Tribal Community Members:
- Tribal Leaders
- Victims/Survivors of Crime
- Tribal Elders & Youth
- Tribal College Faculty & Students
We welcome presentation ideas for all levels of experience/knowledge. Presenters must demonstrate expertise in working with Native American communities. Selection Criteria for Workshops will include:
- Relevance to the target audience
- Fits into conference theme/goals
- Presenters demonstrate expertise in working with Native American communities.
- Encourages interdisciplinary coordination and cooperation
- Highlights promising practices
- Introduces innovative strategies
- Honors and supports victims of crime
- Workshop demonstrates clear connection to crime victimization
Workshops must conform to the Conference Theme “Harnessing Our Collective Wisdom: Strengthening the Circle of Safety, Justice and Healing” and one or more of the Conference Goals (below):
- Honoring & Listening to Victim/Survivor Voices: Creating victimcentered/
sensitive responses; being inclusive of victim/survivors particularly those from un‐served or underserved populations, including LGBTQ victims; and promoting peer to peer learning opportunities.
- Promoting Safety, Justice and Healing: Justice for victims/justice for all; understanding jurisdictional issues; exercising tribal sovereignty to promote safety & justice; highlighting the resiliency of spirituality & healing in tribal communities.
- Honoring the Wisdom of the Past: Understanding historical trauma; enlisting tribal elders as keepers of our tribal histories; and embracing traditional teachings.
- Promoting Traditional Values: Promoting traditional values and incorporating traditional skills in crime victim services; upholding wellness, mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally; and framing victim services around tribal traditions.
- Ensuring Safety, Justice & Healing for Seven Generations of Children: Addressing child sexual abuse & education on developing programs for victims; emphasis on victims within the juvenile justice system; support for keeping youth within.
- Working in Harmony: Building partnerships with federal agencies; supporting partnerships between tribes; education on the importance of networking and working together in collaboration to strengthen services; supporting multidisciplinary
teams; and networking with Native men to address domestic violence & sexual assault.
- Supporting and Educating Tribal Leaders: Educating and supporting efforts of tribal leaders to achieve accountability and responsibility to victims of crime.
- Sustaining our Legacy: Developing skills and incorporating cultural approaches to enhance sustainability and measurability; increasing the accuracy of victimization research; and developing capacity within victim services.
- Healing the Healers: Ensuring safety and support for service providers.
Formal Justice Department Conference Approval Pending.
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
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