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.
December 2013–Scheduled for 12/04/13
Intersections Between Elder Financial Exploitation and Other Types of Elder Abuse
Join Jeannie Beidler, Elder Advocate, and Shelly Jackson, Visiting Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, for the live discussion.
December 2013–Scheduled for 12/18/13
Coordinating SANEs—SARTs in Indian Country
Join Gwenytha Parrish, R.N., M.S.N., SANE/SART Coordinator, and Charity White, M.S.W., Kumeyaay Family Services Director, for the live discussion.
Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime
Join Dana DeHart, research faculty member of the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work, and Angela McCown, Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Victim Services Division, for the live discussion.
November 2013–Held on 11/20/13
Innovative Practices in Victim Assistance and Compensation
Join Laura Banks Reed, J.D., Director of the D.C. Superior Court’s Crime Victims Compensation Program and Shontel Wright, Program Director for the Victim Assistance Unit of the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, for the live discussion.
October 2013–Held on 10/30/13
Integrating Crime Victims’ Issues into College and University Curricula
Join Dr. Alison Cares, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Assumption College, Dr. Mario Gaboury, Dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven, Connecticut, and Dr. Linda Williams, Professor at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell, for the live discussion.
September 2013–Held on 09/27/13
Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities
Join Nancy Alterio, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission, and Mary Counihan, M.S.W., President of the National Adult Protective Services Association, for the live discussion.
September 2013–Held on 09/04/13
Preparing and Assessing Strategically for Community Crisis
Join Ginger Bankston Bailey, Director of Community Outreach and Training at Methodist Behavioral Hospital/Methodist Family Health in Arkansas, and Lori Gerber, experienced professional in the field of crisis response and victim advocacy, for the live discussion.
July 2013–Held on 07/24/13
Addressing ID Theft Cases With Large Numbers of Victims
Join Debbie Deem, Federal Bureau of Investigation Victim Specialist, and Theresa Ronnebaum, Identity Theft Victim Services Program Specialist for the Florida Office of the Attorney General, for the live discussion.
June 2013–Held on 06/05/13
Incorporating LGBTQ Victims Needs into Mainstream Victim Services
Join Robin Parker, Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center, and Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, for the live discussion.
May 2013–Held on 05/15/13
Drunk Driving and Child Endangerment
Join John Evans, National Training Manager for Victim Services at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and Carl McDonald, MADD’s National Law Enforcement Initiative Manager, for the live discussion.
May 2013–Held on 05/01/13
Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding
Join Kim Clifton, Executive Director of HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), for the live discussion.
April 2013Held on 04/19/13
Responding to Sexual Assault Victims through Military/Civilian Partnerships
Join Major Matthew Youngblood, a Victim Assistance Advisor for the U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, and Hallie Martyniuk, author of Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships To Respond to Sexual Assault, for the live discussion.
April 2013Held on 04/10/13
Child Welfare Agencies Responding to Child Identity Theft
Join Howard Davidson, Director of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Catherine Heath, Child and Family Program Specialist at the Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Steven Toporoff, attorney for the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, for the live discussion.
March 2013Held on 03/06/13
Meeting Legal Needs of Adult and Minor Victims of Human Trafficking
Join Jean Bruggeman, Human Trafficking Fellow with the Office for Victims of Crime, and Robin Hassler Thompson, for the live discussion.
February 2013Held on 02/28/13
Reaching Young Men of Color Exposed to Violence
Join Mitru Ciarlante, Director of Child & Club Safety for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Dr. John Rich, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, for the live discussion.
February 2013Held on 02/06/13
Pretrial Process Considerations for Crime Victims
Join Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Chief Operating Officer for the Pretrial Justice Institute, and Jeffrey Dion, Deputy Executive Director for the National Center for Victims of Crime, for the live discussion.
January 2013Held on 1/22/13
Providing Services to Runaway Youth and Victims of Human Trafficking
Join Fiona Mason, Supervising Social Worker for Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program, and Danny Stewart, Director of Operations for Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project, for the live discussion.
December 2012–Held on 12/05/12
Working with Victims of Gang Violence
Join Christopher Grant, nationally recognized gang specialist and former Chief of Detectives for the Rapid City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, and Regina Sobieski, licensed social worker and certified trauma specialist, for the live discussion.
November 2012–Hosted on 11/19/12
Tribal Law and Order Act: Crime Victims in Indian Country
Join Leslie A. Hagen, Department of Justice’s first National Indian Country Coordinator, for the live discussion.
October 2012–Held on 10/09/12
Collaborative Educational Models Benefiting Victims and Providers
Join Maureen Lowell, licensed marriage and family therapist with the OVC-funded Institute for Collaborative Response for Victims of Family at San Jose University and Dr. Linda Williams, professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, for the live discussion. Casey Gwinn, J.D., President of the Family Justice Center Alliance, was unable to participate as originally planned.
September 2012–Held on 09/26/12
Responding to Victims of Cyberbullying
Join Jayne A. Hitchcock, President of WHOA and WHOA-KTD, and Hale Guyer, licensed private investigator and retired special investigator, for the live discussion.
September 2012–Held on 09/19/12
Responding to Latina/o Victims of Crime
Join Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, founder and Director of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA), Ana Isabel Vallejo, J.D./LL.M., Co-Director/Attorney, VIDA Legal Assistance, Inc. and Human Trafficking Academy Project Coordinator, and Laura Zárate, Founding Executive Director of Arte Sana and cofounder of ALAS for the live discussion.
August 2012–Held on 08/29/12
Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Victim Services Settings
Join Dr. Vivian Brown, founder and former CEO of Prototypes, and Amy Fleischauer, LMSW, Director of Victim Services at the International Institute of Buffalo, for the live discussion.
August 2012–Held on 08/22/12
Implementing the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Model
Join Ari Redbord, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Lieutenant Derek Marsh, Westminster Police Department in California, for the live discussion.
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