The OVC Web Forum Guest Host sessions offered an impressive roster of experts discussing best practices for a wide variety of victim issues.
Special Notice: As of January 2017 OVC is no longer hosting Guest Host sessions on this platform. We encourage you to visit the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) website to learn about Expert Q&A online discussions. Expert Q&A is a national forum designed to help victim service providers communicate with national experts and colleagues about best practices for assisting victims of crime.
You may still also access transcripts from past sessions from past Web Forum Guest Host Sessions to learn about best practices and standards for serving victims of crime.
December 2016–Held on 12/14/16
Utilizing OVC Publishing Guidelines for Effective Communication
Join Adrian Wilairat, J.D., Technical Writer-Editor at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Karen Eisenhut Evans, communications contractor support for OVC, for the live discussion on the OVC e-publication, OVC Publishing Guidelines for Print and Multimedia, Fourth Edition.
November 2016–Held on 11/16/16
Serving Two-Spirit/LGBTQ Victims in Tribal Communities
Join Harlan Pruden, member of the Cree Nation and Managing Editor of TwoSpiritJournal.com, and Elton Naswood, of the Near to the Water People Clan and member of the Community Expert Advisory Council for the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training program at the University of Washington, for the live discussion.
October 2016–Held on 10/16/16
Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime
Join Dana DeHart, Ph.D., Research Professor and the Assistant Dean for Research at the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work, and Angie McCown, Director for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Victim Services Division, for the live discussion on the OVC e-publication, Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims & Survivors of Crime.
September 2016–Held on 9/27/16
Serving Victims of Mass Violence
Join Krista Flannigan, J.D., Director, Institute for Crime Victim Research & Policy at Florida State University and Karen Thomas, President of the Connections Training Group, LLC, for the live discussion.
September 2016–Held on 9/14/16
Campus Services for Victims of Sexual Assault
Join Donna Barry, APN, FN-CSA, DNP, has been the Director of the University Health Center at Montclair State University, and Anthony H. Walker, former Chief of Police for Norfolk State University, for the live discussion.
July 2016–Held on 7/13/16
Support and Services for Drug-Endangered Children
Join Pamela Todd, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Ray of Hope Foster Care, Inc., and Diane Payne, owner of Justice for Native Children Consulting, for the live discussion.
June 2016–Held on 6/22/16
Integrating the Needs of LGBTQ Victims into Mainstream Victim Services
Join Sid Jordan, J.D., consultant with the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence in King County, Washington, for the live discussion.
May 2016–Held on 5/24/16
Helping Incarcerated Victims of Crime
Join Linda McFarlane, MSW, LCSW, Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International, and Jeralita Costa, community victim liaison with the Washington State Department of Corrections, for the live discussion.
April 2016–Held on 4/7/16
Confidentiality for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma
Join Sergeant First Class Kristian Hall, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) for the North Carolina National Guard, and, and Yvonne Viel, SARC for the 96th Test Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, for the live discussion.
March 2016–Held on 3/30/16
Results-Oriented Victim Services
Join Dr. Kelly Graves, founder and chief executive officer of Kellin, PLLC and associate professor at North Carolina A&T State University, and Nelson Lim, Ph.D., executive director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, social scientist at RAND, and professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, for the live discussion.
March 2016–Held on 3/16/16
Join Tuyet Duong, J.D., Language Access Visiting Fellow at the Office for Victims of Crime, and Margarita L. Araiza, LISW, J.D., Court Clinic at the 2nd Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the live discussion.
February 2016–Held on 2/24/16
Inner City Posttraumatic Stress
Join John Rich, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, and Linnea Ashley, MPH, National Training and Advocacy Manager at Youth ALIVE!, for the live discussion.
February 2016–Held on 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
Elder Abuse in the LGBTQ Community
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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