posted Apr 19, 2016, 12:14 PM by Lou Sgroi
updated Apr 19, 2016, 12:15 PM
We are pleased to announce that we have received preliminary Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) approval for the dates and location of the 15th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime. Formal Justice Department conference approval is still pending.
This year's conference goals are:
- Honoring & Listening to Victim/Survivor Voices: Creating victim-centered/sensitive responses; being inclusive of victim/survivors particularly those from un‐served or underserved populations, including LGBTQ victims; and promoting peer to peer learning opportunities.
- Promoting Safety, Justice and Healing: Justice for victims/justice for all; understanding jurisdictional issues; exercising tribal sovereignty to promote safety & justice; highlighting the resiliency of spirituality & healing in tribal communities.
- Honoring the Wisdom of the Past: Understanding historical trauma; enlisting tribal elders as keepers of our tribal histories; and embracing traditional teachings.
- 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.
- Ensuring Safety, Justice & Healing for Seven Generations of Children: Addressing child sexual abuse & education on developing programs for victims; emphasis on victims within the juvenile justice system; support for keeping youth within.
- Working in Harmony: Building partnerships with federal agencies; supporting partnerships between tribes; education on the importance of networking and working together in collaboration to strengthen services; supporting multi-disciplinary teams; and networking with Native men to address domestic violence & sexual assault.
- Supporting and Educating Tribal Leaders: Educating and supporting efforts of tribal leaders to achieve accountability and responsibility to victims of crime.
- 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.
- Healing the Healers: Ensuring safety and support for service providers.