OVC Web Forum Guest Host sessions offer an impressive roster of experts discussing best practices for a wide variety of victim issues. You can read about the experts in Guest Host Biographies. Check the following list for the topics that interest you and mark the dates for the upcoming session. For more information, questions, comments, or to suggest a topic, send an e-mail to OVCproviderforum@ncjrs.gov.
January 2015–Scheduled for 01/28/15
Engaging Survivors in Combatting Human Trafficking
Join Jean Bruggeman, Esq., OVC Human Trafficking Fellow and Rebecca Bender, survivor and founder of Rebecca Bender Ministries, for the live discussion.
January 2015–Held on 1/21/15
Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities
Join Shannon Going, Attorney Director of Casa Cornelia Law Center’s Human Trafficking Program, and Carol Gomez, LCSW, founder and former director of Matahari: Eye of the Day, for the live discussion.
December 2014–Held on 12/18/2014
Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care Principles Into Practice
Join Carole Warshaw, M.D., Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health and Gabriella Grant, M.A., Director of the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care, for the live discussion.
November 2014–Held on 11/19/2014
Forensic Interviewing in Tribal Communities
Join Roe Bubar, J.D., Associate Professor at Colorado State University and Leila Kawar Goldsmith, J.D., Child Advocacy Coordinator with the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, for the live discussion.
October 2014–Held on 10/15/2014
Responding to and Avoiding Crime Using Technology
Join Steve Seigel, Director of the Special Programs Unit of the Denver DA’s Office, and Cindy Southworth, Vice President of Development and Innovation at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, for the live discussion.
September 2014–Held on 09/17/2014
Integrating Research Results Into Victim Services
Join Mitru Ciarlante, Director of Child & Club Safety for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D., Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, for the live discussion.
September 2014–Held on 09/10/2014
Working With Victims in Cold Hit DNA Cases
Join Ilse Knecht, the Deputy Director of Public Policy for the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) and Project Manager for NCVC’s multiyear DNA education initiative, and Michele Mallin, rape survivor and public speaker, for the live discussion.
August 2014–Held on 08/27/2014
Victim Legal Assistance Networks: Conducting a Needs Assessment and Planning for Implementation
Join Jessica Alas, attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid and Project Director for the Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network, and Raina Bayas, Legal Director of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, for the live discussion.
July 2014–Scheduled for 07/16/2014
Crime Victim Considerations for Parole Professionals
Join Amanda Pyron, Supervisory Victims Coordinator at the United States Parole Commission, and Carl Wicklund, Executive Director of the American Probation and Parole Association, for the live discussion.
June 2014–Held on 06/25/2014
Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Sexual Assault Victims
Join Loree Cook-Daniels, Policy and Program Director for FORGE, and michael munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, for the live discussion.
May 2014–Held for 05/28/2014
Creating an Effective Identity Theft Coalition
Join Hazel Heckers, Victim Advocate, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and founder of the Identify Theft Advocacy Network of Colorado (ITAN), and Merry O'Brien, Project Director, National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Project, Director of Special Grants, Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc., for the live discussion.
April 2014–Held on 04/23/2014
Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners
Join David Corwin, M.D., Professor in the Pediatrics Department at the University of Utah and President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, and James Henry, MSW, Ph.D., Cofounder and Project Director for the Western Michigan University (WMU) Children's Trauma Assessment Center, for the live discussion.
April 2014–Held on 04/15/2014
CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims
Join Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), and Sally Laskey, Director of Special Projects for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, for the live discussion.
March 2014–Held on 03/26/2014
Helping Victims of Financial Fraud
Join Joshua Bailes, Esq., Program Manager and Referral Specialist for the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Crime Victim Bar Association, and Christine Kieffer, Senior Director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, for the live discussion.
March 2014–Held on 03/12/2014
Addressing the Holistic Needs of Crime Victims
Join Dr. Steve Dakai, Director of Maehnowesekiyah Wellness Center for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, and Program Manager for the Menominee Indian Tribe’s Mental Health Transformation Grant, and Lydia Watts, Esq., Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission, for the live discussion.
February 2014–Held on 02/28/2014
Teen Victimization in the Digital Age
Join Parry Aftab, lawyer and child advocate who specializes in cyberlaw, cyberbullying and cyberharassment, cybercrime, and privacy, and Laurel Broten, public policy expert, lawyer, and crime victims advocate, for the live discussion.
February 2014–Held on 2/25/2014
Serving Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Join Jennifer Stith, Executive Director of WINGS Foundation, Inc., and Dr. Sheri Vanino, licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with victims of trauma and sexual assault, for the live discussion.
January 2014–Held on 01/29/2014
Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan
Join Mary Atlas-Terry, Victim Justice Program Specialist (OVC), Katherine Chon, Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons (HHS), and Corey Walz, Special Assistant to the Chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign, for the live discussion. Download the Strategic Action Plan and review prior to the session.
January 2014–Scheduled for 01/22/2014
Responding to Victims of Stalking on Campus
Join Rebecca Dreke, Deputy Director of the Stalking Resource Center, and Connie Kirkland, MA, NCC, Director of Student Mental Health and Behavior at Northern Virginia Community College, for the live discussion.
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