Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault in P.L. 280 Jurisdictions

05/19/2010 (All day) to 05/21/2010 (All day)
St. Paul
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Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault in P.L. 280 Jurisdictions is a two and one-half day multi-disciplinary training designed to identify, evaluate and overcome obstacles related to the successful investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases involving American Indian women in P.L. 280 jurisdictions. This training will explore the complex issues faced by tribal and state governments in balancing responsibility, offender accountability, and the impact of criminal prosecution on victims as well as provide prosecutors and allied professionals with new ideas and methods to overcome the unique challenges in sexual assault cases in P.L. 280 jurisdictions. In addition to practical case evaluation, the training will summarize the history, jurisdictional scope, and practical implications of Public Law 280; identify the key elements of an effective criminal justice response; promote culturally and linguistically specific victim services; examine the benefits of establishing a coordinated, cross-jurisdictional response; identify strategies to provide sexual assault forensic examinations for sexual assault victims, even in jurisdictions with limited resources; explain how sex offenders target and victimize American Indian women; examine effective use of medical evidence and experts; and provide strategies and techniques for a coordinated victim-centered response to these cases.

The highly interactive curriculum uses hypothetical problems, role-playing exercises, small group discussions, mini-lectures, and faculty demonstrations. Participants will develop an understanding of the various contexts in which sexual assault occurs by examining their current attitudes and practices and will develop strategies to create a more effective response to sexual assaults in P.L. 280 jurisdictions. Allied professionals will leave Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault in P.L. 280 Jurisdictions with new ideas and strategies for keeping victims and communities safe and holding offenders accountable.

Additional information and to apply

Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault in P.L. 280 Jurisdictions is open to state and tribal victim advocates, law enforcement, health care providers (including SANEs/SAFEs), and prosecutors in P.L. 280 jurisdictions. Attendance is free of charge; however, priority will be given to OVW grantees and multidisciplinary teams. There is no limit to the number of attendees from any jurisdiction. Seating is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants will be informed of acceptance by email.

Hosted by AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women through funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).

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