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.
February 2016–Scheduled for 2/10/16
Outreach and Response to Teen Victims of Dating Violence
Join Michelle Harkey, founder and CEO of Stars Mentoring Services, LLC, and Keisha Varnell, Director of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programs at Jackson State University, for the live discussion.
January 2016–Held on 1/28/16
Challenges and Opportunities for Supporting Nontraditional Victims
Join Reverend Dr. Bernard "Skip" Keels, Director of the University Chapel at Morgan State University, Barry S. McCrary, Associate Professor in the school of law enforcement and justice administration at Western Illinois University, for the live discussion.
January 2016–Held on 1/20/16
Human Trafficking in Rural Communities
Join Kimber Nicoletti, M.S.W., Director and Founder of Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault at Purdue University, and Kiricka Yarbough Smith, former manager of the human trafficking program for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, for the live discussion.
December 2015–Held on 12/9/15
Using Volunteers Effectively
Join Dan Gregory, Community Relations Coordinator at Casa de los Niños in Tucson, Arizona, and Joyce Siegel, L.M.S.W., Program Director for Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County, Michigan, for the live discussion.
November 2015–Held on 11/17/15
Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country
Join Geri Wisner, Tribal Prosecutor for the Pawnee Nation and Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, and Sarah Collins, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, for the live discussion.
October 2015–Held on 10/15/15
Lessons Learned From Mass Violence
Join Krista Flannigan, J.D., director, Institute for Crime Victim Research & Policy at Florida State University and Herman Millholland, founder of the consulting firm Millholland and Associates, for the live discussion.
September 2015–Held on 09/16/15
Responding to Confidential Victim Disclosures on a College Campus
Join Stacy Malone, Esq., Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center, and Lindy Aldrich, Esq., Deputy Director of the Victim Rights Law Center’s Boston, MA office, for the live discussion.
August 2015–Held on 08/12/15
Addressing the Legal Needs of Crime Victims
Join Jessica Alas, J.D., attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid and Project Director for the Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network, and Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D., Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, for the live discussion.
July 2015–Held on 07/22/15
Addressing Communication Barriers When Serving Crime Victims
Join Laura Zárate, Founding Executive Director of Arte Sana (Art Heals), and Mary E. Wambach, an experienced advocate and trainer in Deafness and Disability Rights, for the live discussion.
June 2015–Held on 06/25/15
Impact of Crime Scene Clean Up
Join Catherine Thurston, Senior Director of Services and Training at Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE), for the live discussion.
May 2015–Held on 05/14/15
Impact of Crime Scene Clean Up
Join Sergeant Raymond Goins, Norman (Oklahoma) Police Department and Michael Milnor, Professor of Criminal Justice at Liberty University and former law enforcement officer, for the live discussion.
May 2015–Held on 05/05/15
Building Your Own Body of Evidence-Based Knowledge
Join Dr. Cris M. Sullivan, Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence and Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology at Michigan State University (MSU) and Keri Darling, founder and Director/Trainer of DVAS, Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services, for the live discussion.
April 2015–Held on 04/22/15
Child Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation
Join Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children's Alliance, and Rebecca Khalil is a staff attorney with the National Crime Victim Law Institute for the live discussion.
April 2015–Held on 04/08/15
Providing Appropriate Support for Military Victims of Sexual Assault
Join Ann McCarty, Associate Director of the North County (California) Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center, and Leah Holland, former sexual assault response coordinator and domestic violence victim advocate coordinator for the U.S. Army Garrison in Yongsan, South Korea, for the live discussion.
March 2015–Held on 03/25/15
Postconviction Exonerations and Victim Assistance
Join Katie Monroe, Senior Advocate for National Partnerships at the Innocence Project, and Karin Ho, former Administrator of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Office of Victim Services, for the live discussion.
February 2015–Held on 02/25/15
Developing an Effective Multidisciplinary Team
Join Jennifer Burkmire, advocate for children and a contract consultant for nonprofit organizations that provide social services, and Cynthia King, President of King & Associates, Inc., for the live discussion.
February 2015–Held on 02/11/15
Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations
Join Shamele Hill, Director of Training and Community Engagement at the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in St. Louis, MO, and Karen Kalergis, President of Mani Partners Strategic Communications, for the live discussion.
January 2015–Held on 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.
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