6th National Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Training Conference
Photo: OVC Principal Deputy Director Joye E. Frost is joined by SART 2011 and Public Forum attendees.
The 6th National Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Training Conference was held on May 25-27, 2011, in Austin, Texas. This biennial event drew more than 1,000 participants from around the country and the world and from different professions.
Victim advocates, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) and other medical personnel, crime lab specialists, prosecutors, tribal, state, local, and federal law enforcement, and more than 160 representatives from Indian Country participated in the conference. The successful event garnered many positive comments from attendees:
- "The SART conference [was] a smashing success . . . It was wonderful to see such a full room of participants for the tribal sessions. Thank you for providing the scholarships and making such a great turnout possible."
- "I truly feel like topics at the conference were relevant, provocative and informative not only for myself but other members of our team. I was excited to come back and share what I learned."
- "Thank you all again for the wonderful work that you do, the outstanding conference you put on, and your kindness to have included me again—[your conference] is easily the best organized and one of the most valuable."
- "The conference was amazing! I was so excited to see and experience such a large Tribal turn out. It was truly amazing, rewarding, productive, satisfying and POWERFUL!"
Coordinated by the SANE-SART Resource Service of Minneapolis, Minnesota, through a cooperative agreement from OVC, conference highlights included—
- Welcoming remarks by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
- More than 60 workshops led by experts in their field.
- Eight tribal specific workshops offered through the inaugural tribal training track.
- 11 plenary session speakers including, Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, Susan B. Carbon, Director of the Office on Violence Against Women, Darryl Brown (Grey Eagle) Choctaw, D.J. Battiest-Tomasi, Choctaw-Chickasaw, and Michelle Corrao, a 2009 National Crime Victims’ Service Award recipient.
- Release by OVC of the Existe Ayuda (Help Exists) Toolkit, an online resource with replicable Spanish-language tools to help improve the cultural competence of service providers and the accessibility of services for Spanish-speaking victims of sexual assault.
The general public and participants from the Sixth National SART Training Conference joined OVC and panelists in a public forum held May 27, 2011, on Public and Private Partnerships: Building on Success To Reshape the Future.
Joye E. Frost, OVC Principal Deputy Director, moderated the conversation about the tremendous strides made in addressing sexual assault in Texas and the Nation. The panelists included Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, OVW Director Susan B. Carbon, Annette Burrhus-Clay, Executive Director of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, Chief Jim Sylvester, Chief Deputy of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, and Laura E. Zárate, Founding Executive of Arte Sana.
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