National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)
Every April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of NCVRW.
The week-long initiative promotes victims' rights, and honors crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.
During NCVRW, OVC recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony.
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OVC National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
This OVC resource help victims, victim service providers, allied professionals, and other interested individuals plan, promote, and locate events of interest to the victim services community in their area. Browse upcoming events or add your organization's conference, meeting, training opportunity, or ceremony.
16th National Indian Nations Conference
With support from OVC, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute hosted the 16th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime December 5–7, 2018. This event brought together a wide range of providers, stakeholders, and victims to share their knowledge and develop programs to serve the unique needs of victims in Indian Country.
Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Summit
Although more than 20 percent of older adults live in rural America, rural and tribal communities face unique challenges in their efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. To advance this priority, the U.S. Department of Justice hosted this summit on November 14–15, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa.
2018 VOCA National Training Conference
With support from OVC, the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators and the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards hosted the 2018 VOCA National Training Conference in August 2018.
State VOCA victim assistance and crime victim compensation managers, staff, and board members learned about current victims issues, critical updates on VOCA funding, and ways to improve program and grant management in their states.
15th National Indian Nations Conference - With support from OVC, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute hosted the 15th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime December 8–11, 2016, on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California. This event is the largest U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored Indian Nations conference and brought together a wide range of providers, stakeholders, and victims to share their knowledge and develop programs to serve the needs of victims in Indian Country.
The theme for the 2016 event was “Harnessing our Collective Wisdom: Strengthening the Circle of Safety, Justice and Healing.” Visit the Conference website for any post-conference updates.
2016 Human Trafficking Survivor Forum - In January 2016, OVC and the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center hosted this forum in Washington, D.C. The event featured twenty survivors who shared their perspectives on effective, victim-centered strategies in federal anti-trafficking initiatives with staff from the U.S. Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and State.
14th National Indian Nations Conference - With support from OVC, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute hosted the 14th National Indian Nations Conference on December 11—13, 2014 on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California. This event brought together a diverse audience of providers and stakeholders to share their knowledge, experiences and ideas for developing programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian Country. The theme for the 2014 conference was "Generational Voices Uniting for Safety, Justice, and Healing".
Visit the Conference website for any post-conference updates.
2014 Human Trafficking Survivor Forum - In January 2014, OVC—in collaboration with the White House, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and Executive Office for United States Attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice—conducted a Human Trafficking Survivor Forum in Washington, DC.
During the forum, 19 survivors of human trafficking provided feedback on a number of issues, including how Federal Government agencies can collaborate to engage survivor groups and incorporate their perspectives in federal anti-trafficking efforts.
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