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  • DOJ Fellows are welcomed by Embassy staff. L-R: Benina Kusari, Bethany Case, Shania Kapoor, Jon Smibert, Eliza Thana, and Michelle Lakomy.In August 2012, at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training, Bethany Case, Visiting Fellow, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), and Shania Kapoor, Visiting Fellow, Office on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, traveled to Kosovo to provide training on child victimization to nearly 40 Kosovar professionals. The training event, titled Child Victimization, took place in Pristina, Kosovo, on August 29–31, 2012, and was comprised of 3 full days of content geared toward an audience of victim advocates, shelter workers, and staff from the Centre for Social Work.

    Read OVC Builds on International Relationship with Kosovo Through Child Victimization in Kosovo (PDF 458 kb) to learn more about—

    • OVC's relationship with Kosovo;
    • Kosovo's current response to child victims;
    • Commonalities between the United States and Kosovo in responding to child abuse; and
    • The training event in Pristina.

  • Strength from Within: Rekindling Tribal Traditions to assist Victims of CrimeThe Tribal Law and Policy Institute, through a grant from OVC, hosted the 13th National Indian Nations Conference on December 6-8, 2012. The event was held on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California, with the theme, "Strength from Within: Rekindling Tribal Traditions to assist Victims of Crime." The largest U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored Indian Nations conference, this event brought together a diverse audience to improve the delivery of services to victims of crime in Indian Country. Visit the Conference website for any post-conference updates.
  • IKosovo criminal justice sealn October 2011, at the invitation of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina (USAO-EDNC), under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT), OVC Principal Deputy Director Frost traveled to Kosovo to attend and speak at events observing its second National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Read Kosovo Focuses on Victims’ Rights after Decades of Strife (PDF 458 kb) to learn more about—
    • The history of Kosovo;
    • The Kosovar efforts to establish a criminal justice system that recognizes victims’ rights;
    • The events that led up to Principal Deputy Director Frost’s visit; and
    • The positive outcomes to date of the relationship between Kosovo, the U.S. Embassy, OPDAT, and USAO-EDNC.
  • 2012 OVC Mass Violence & Emergency National Training Conference. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2012.The 2012 OVC Mass Violence and Emergency National Training Conference was held January 31–February 2, 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida. The 2012 OVC Mass Violence and Emergency National Training ConferenceImproving Readiness to Assist Victims—brought together multidisciplinary stakeholder teams to share their experiences and knowledge about how to respond to victims, survivors, and communities. Stakeholder discipline areas include, but are not limited to—
    • Emergency Management Personnel
    • Law Enforcement
    • Fire and Rescue
    • Federal, state, local, and tribal policymakers
    • Prosecutors
    • State VOCA and Victim Compensation Administrators
    • Faith-based organizations
    • Victim service professionals
  • The fifth annual National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims was observed on September 25, 2011. OVC extends its condolences to affected families and reminds victim service providers of resources available to help survivors and co-victims.
  • The OVC-funded National Conference on Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities was held December 13-15, 2011, in Orlando, Florida. Attendees had the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills, and competencies to effectively serve people with disabilities who are victims of crime, abuse, and neglect. Stakeholder discipline areas include—
    • victim service providers;
    • disability advocates;
    • adult and child protective service workers;
    • law enforcement;
    • attorneys;
    • faith-based practitioners;
    • medical practitioners/forensic examiners;
    • mental health practitioners; and
    • educators.
  • The 6th National Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Training Conference was held on May 25-27, 2011, in Austin, Texas. This 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 12th National Indian Nations Conference—held on December 9-11, 2010, in Palm Springs, California, on the Agua Caliente Reservation. Attendees examined topics such as tribal youth programs; victim assistance; suicide prevention; alcohol and substance abuse; community-based partnerships; and domestic violence and sexual assault.

    Visit the Conference website for any post-conference updates.
  • Image of Stop. Think. Connect.Stop. Think. Connect.™ officially kicked off with a launch event on October 4, 2010, at the Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Washington, as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Stop. Think. Connect. is a national initiative that promotes simple steps the public can take to increase their safety and security online.
  • The fourth annual National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims was observed on Friday, September 25, 2010.