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2014 Conference Theme and Goals

posted May 16, 2014, 6:00 PM by Lou Sgroi   [ updated May 27, 2014, 12:24 PM ]
This year's conference theme is, “Generational Voices Uniting for Safety, Justice, and Healing.”

This year's conference goals are:
  1. Honoring and Listening to Victim/Survivor Voices: Creating victim-centered/sensitive responses; being inclusive of victim/survivors particularly those from un‐served or underserved populations; and promoting peer to peer learning opportunities.
  2. Promoting Safety, Justice and Healing: Justice for victims; justice for all; understanding jurisdictional issues; exercising tribal sovereignty to promote safety and justice for victims; and highlighting the resiliency of spirituality and healing in tribal communities.
  3. Honoring the Wisdom of the Past: Understanding historical trauma; enlisting tribal elders as keepers of our tribal histories; and embracing traditional teachings.
  4. 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.
  5. Ensuring Safety, Justice and Healing for Seven Generations of Children: Addressing child sexual abuse and education on developing programs for victims of child sexual abuse; emphasis on crime victims within the juvenile justice system and support for keeping youth within the community. Working in Harmony: Building partnerships with federal agencies; education on the importance of networking and working together in collaboration to strengthen services; and networking with Native men to address domestic violence and sexual assault.
  6. Supporting and Educating Tribal Leaders: Educating and supporting efforts of tribal leaders to achieve accountability and responsibility to victims of crime.
  7. 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.
  8. Healing the Healers: Ensuring safety and support for service providers